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Published on December 7th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen

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New Tokyo Broadcast Tower Is Greener than Expected, but Not as Green as It Could Be

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December 7th, 2011 by  

Tokyo Sky Tree TownTokyo’s new broadcast tower is going to be a little greener than originally planned – the Tokyo Sky Tree Town project will incorporate an environmental information management system provided by Hitachi. The system is called the EcoAssist-Enterprise-Light, and is scheduled to go live with the rest of the complex on May 22nd of next year.

The current analog broadcasting carried out from Tokyo Tower will be switched over to digital next year, prompting construction of the new broadcast center. The center will include an aquarium, a theater, and not less than 310 shops for tourists – all of which will need a considerable amount of energy to maintain.

Where Does It All Go??

The EcoAssist-Enterprise-Light is supposed to provide real-time tracking of how much energy is used from what source – gas, electric, you name it – and when, so that each individual tenant can monitor their power use for energy conservation purposes.

All of the relevant information will be stored online, and will be accessible by anyone with a network connection (and presumably the proper login information), once the necessary application is downloaded.

Hitachi’s system is notable for the thoroughness of the data Hitachi claims it will collect and for the speed at which the information will allegedly be available. Personally, I would have been happier with greener power sources for the Tokyo Sky Tree – but at least they’re paying attention to how much energy they’re using this time.

Source | Image: Kankyo Business

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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.



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