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Punggol eco-town to test bed energy solutions (Eco news)


Punggol eco-town to test bed energy solutions
Channel News Asia reported

One block of public housing in Singapore's Punggol eco-town will be a test bed for environmentally-friendly energy solutions.

The project is a collaboration between Japanese electronics giant Panasonic and government agencies - the Housing and Development Board (HDB), the Economic Development Board and the Energy Market Authority.

It aims to get 10 households in the block of HDB flats to participate and may include more homes later.

An integrated energy system will help families reduce their carbon footprint and utilities bill.

Energy-producing solar panels will be fitted on the block of flats and these will power lifts and lighting during the day.

Excess electricity generated by the solar panels can be stored in batteries, which households can tap on for energy at night. This potentially means zero emissions being generated in powering an entire housing block.

In the participating homes, appliances like air-conditioning will be upgraded. Panasonic said it will help households fit new air-conditioning systems at no cost.

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