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Panasonic, Xcel, NREL team up for 'carbon neutrality' at development near DIA

The Peña Station Next development near Denver International Airport already sports a solar panel-covered parking lot, a huge battery system and other smart technologies — and now it’s aiming for neutrality on carbon dioxide emissions.

The Peña Station Next development near Denver International Airport already sports a solar panel-covered parking lot, a huge battery system and other smart technologies — and now it’s aiming for neutrality on carbon dioxide emissions. Several businesses — including Xcel Energy Inc., Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co., developer LC Fulenwider Inc. and Denver International Airport — are joining with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to study how to turn the area into a “carbon-neutral energy district, they announced Friday. ... more »

Panasonic Launches Smart City Innovation Showcase at Peña Station NEXT to Celebrate Company’s 100th Anniversary

Panasonic Corp. of North America’s CityNOW business unit has opened an immersive and interactive Smart City Innovation Showcase inside its Technology and Operations Center in Denver, Colorado

Panasonic Corp. of North America’s CityNOW business unit has opened an immersive and interactive Smart City Innovation Showcase inside its Technology and Operations Center in Denver, Colorado. The 15,000-square-foot-facility features a 3D cityscape including a connected mobility district, commercial business district and sports and entertainment district designed to immerse visitors in a wide range of smart city solutions. The Smart City Innovation Showcase enables stakeholders, including cities, utilities and real estate developers to experience and engage in a real-world smart city environment to better understand how, why, and when they should deploy smart city solutions in their communities. ... more »

Smart Cities World - Panasonic unveils smart cities showcase

Panasonic has launched the Smart City Innovation Showcase at the sustainable Peña Station NEXT community in Denver Colorado to mark the company’s 100th anniversary.

Panasonic has launched the Smart City Innovation Showcase at the sustainable Peña Station NEXT community in Denver Colorado to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. Located inside the electronics company’s Technology and Operations Centre, the interactive 15,000-square-foot-facility features a 3D cityscape including a connected mobility district, commercial business district and sports and entertainment district designed to immerse visitors in a wide range of smart city solutions. ... more »

Fox 31 Denver - City of the future now in Denver

Fox 31 Denver did a great piece on Peña Station NEXT and its Smart City aspects. Below is their short video. A model of the city of the future has opened in Denver and plans to attract city leaders

Fox 31 Denver did a great piece on Peña Station NEXT and its Smart City aspects. Below is their short video. A model of the city of the future has opened in Denver and plans to attract city leaders, utility companies and real estate developers from around the world. ... more »

Can C&I Customers Lead the Energy Storage Revolution?

The private sector is traditionally known as a driver of innovation, so it may be surprising to some people that many businesses have only recently begun to consider advanced energy technologies.

One example is the Peña Station NEXT project in Denver, Colorado. Developed in partnership with Xcel Energy, Panasonic, Younicos, and the Denver International Airport, Peña Station represents a test run for the smart grid of the future, and will be the proof of concept for a variety of forward-looking innovations. These include an intelligently controlled solar-plus-storage microgrid that can support mission-critical loads, among other energy challenges. ... more »

CoBiz Bank funds $25.6 million loan for Peña Station

Colorado Business Bank recently funded a $25.6 million senior secured construction facility for the development of a transit-oriented multifamily development at the Peña Station light-rail station near Denver International Airport.

J. Rhett Nunnally arranged the loan for developer MGL Partners for the $43.3 million development of the 218-unit community, which will be part of the 383-acre Peña Station Next project. The overall development plan for the area includes up to 1.78 million square feet of office space, 1,085 hotel rooms, 3,825 residential units, 668,000 sf of retail and 58 acres of open space. ... more »

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: A Carbon-Free City Is Being Built from Scratch

Can a city built from scratch be profitable to developers and enjoyable to residents as it tries to be carbon-free? That is the question facing owners and planners of a mostly vacant, sunburned 400-acre plot of land

The political uproar over the airport has long since faded, but the new city forming near it is facing engineering and economic challenges. It's a plan that has never been attempted before. The idea is to attract a bunch of different entrepreneurs to a power system relying mainly on solar energy, a king-sized lithium-ion battery and various energy efficiency schemes so the city has few, if any, outside energy needs. Denver and Denver County, which own Denver International Airport, will contribute financial support for the project and the sunshine falling on the canopy of its massive parking lot. Xcel Energy Inc., the local utility, will collect it with solar arrays and contribute a 1-megawatt, grid-connected battery to provide backup power and other services to Peña Station Next. ... more »

Panasonic Launches Smart City Innovation Showcase at Peña Station NEXT to Celebrate Company's 100th Anniversary

Panasonic Corporation of North America's CityNOW business unit has opened an immersive and interactive Smart City Innovation Showcase inside its Technology and Operations Center in Denver, Colorado.

Panasonic Corporation of North America's CityNOW business unit has opened an immersive and interactive Smart City Innovation Showcase inside its Technology and Operations Center in Denver, Colorado. The 15,000-square-foot-facility features a 3D cityscape including a connected mobility district, commercial business district and sports and entertainment district designed to immerse visitors in a wide range of smart city solutions. The Smart City Innovation Showcase enables stakeholders, including cities, utilities and real estate developers to experience and engage in a real-world smart city environment to better understand how, why, and when they should deploy smart city solutions in their communities. ... more »

Could 2018 be the year Colorado’s green energy debate goes big?

Brian Bagley isn’t the first person that comes to mind when you picture a wind or solar advocate.

The new year will bring more progress toward renewable energy across the state. United Power Cooperative plans to pilot a community battery storage project in 2018. That’s in addition to battery storage projects Xcel has tested in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood. It’s also testing battery strategies near Panasonic’s Denver headquarters as part of the Pena Station Next project. ... more »

State Scoop Article—Denver's Experimental Smart City

Since the company started building the site in early 2016, it has made sizable strides to develop the connectivity, electric utility and transit infrastructure, Panasonic executive Jarrett Wendt told PC Magazine earlier this month.

Wendt said that the smart city now being built, called Peña Station Next, received approval from public utility officials and installed the community's first microgrid, which is run partially on solar power, installed smart LED street lighting, added a parking management system, interactive kiosks and spread free community-wide Wi-Fi throughout. ... more »

Seven Things to Know About DIA's New Welcome Sign

DIA partnered with Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co. — yes, that Panasonic, that makes everything from cameras to microwaves — and real estate developer LC Fulenwider to light up Peña Boulevard.

First came Blucifer, the larger-than-life blue horse greeting passersby on their way to and from Denver International Airport, a sculpture that Denverites love and loathe equally. Maybe it's the demonic, glistening red eyes; the wild, wind-whipped mane; or that ghastly shade of blue fit for Hades himself that keeps "Mustang" in the public eye. ... more »

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply.

In Colorado, an anchor microgrid began operating at Denver’s Peña Station NEXT, offering energy for a transit station built as a connector between downtown and the Denver International Airport. The project came about as a result of a partnership between Colorado utility Xcel Energy, Panasonic, the city of Denver, NREL and Younicos, and is part of a much larger green community plan. ... more »

In the Middle of Nowhere, Panasonic Builds a Smart City

In a remote area near the Denver Airport, Panasonic is installing LED street lighting and community-wide Wi-Fi, and prepping for autonomous cars. PCMag stopped by for a visit.

When you think of Panasonic, you might think home electronics, but the Japan-based company, which turns 100 this year, can also be found on planes via seat-back entertainment and in cars via infotainment systems and batteries; 51 percent of the Tesla Gigafactory is dedicated to producing Panasonic-branded batteries, too. ... more »

2017 from A to Z / New Administration, New Regulations

Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock talked about Peña Station Next, a mixed-use connected development that prioritizes sustainability with smart lighting as well as plans for driverless shuttles and a quarter-mile LED welcome sign

2017 saw the country edge ever closer to mass use of self-driving vehicles on public roadways. In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation named 10 test sites that will together form a “Community of Practice” to advance the tech behind autonomous and connected cars. Guidance for local government came from the National League of Cities in April, which directed members to grab a seat at the table, and staff it with experts from IT, procurement and transportation. ... more »

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