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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 »

The Road to Smart Mobility

By leveraging connectivity and big data and analytics, cities are pushing the boundaries of smart mobility to reduce congestion and travel time, lower transportation-related emissions and promote walkability technology.

While technology’s play in transportation has resulted in significant strides that have transformed the industry, there is still a long road ahead to solve mobility challenges in some of the most heavily populated cities across the U.S. and on a global scale. How do commuters, residents and visitors alike get from point A to point B in the most convenient, consistent, safe and environmentally sound way? The answer is, with the appropriate combination of technology, innovation, collaboration, investment and adoption. ... more »

Autonomous vehicle proclaimed an answer to first-mile, last-mile barrier

There, later this year, an autonomous (self-driving) vehicle is to provide a link between the light rail line at 57th and Pena and a bus stop located four blocks away at 61st and Tower Road.

It’s called the first-mile, last-mile problem of mass transit, and it has vexed transportation planners forever during the automotive era. Until you make it easy to get to and from light rail and other public transit, they will remain underused. ... more »

Denver Post Article On Solar Decathlon In Your Home

Many of the innovative technologies that visitors spot at this year’s event could wind up inside your own home. Actual solar energy is, after all, just one-tenth of the global competition.

In 2007, students building a house in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon hung a touchscreen monitor on the wall and connected it to the internet through a desktop computer. They developed software so people could touch the screen to turn the lights on or off, monitor energy use and control the security system. ... more »

Environmental Leader Article On Innovation

Jennifer Hermes has an article on Environmental Leader regarding large companies that having an impact through innovative technologies.

It seems to be an accepted fact that technology in this arena will continue to evolve and investments in the resulting products to rise. Businesses know that they must deal with the physical reality of a changing climate by ‘building infrastructure solutions’ and ‘sourcing cheaper and cleaner sources of electricity,’ wrote David W. Richardson, managing director of Impax Asset Management, on CNBC earlier this year. ... more »

Panasonic to build the first carbon-free city from scratch

Panasonic set up plan to attract different entrepreneurs to set up a power system relying mainly on solar energy, a king-sized lithium-ion battery and various energy efficiency schemes in Devner, Colorado.

Panasonic set up plan to attract different entrepreneurs to set up a power system relying mainly on solar energy, a king-sized lithium-ion battery and various energy efficiency schemes in Devner, Colorado. The city, called Peña Station Next, is located in Denver, Colorado, next to a 400-acre vacant plot of land near this city's International Airport. ... more »

Uniting Diverse Stakeholders Around Resiliency

Peña Station Next, a transit-oriented mixed-use development, stretches across 382 acres near Denver International Airport. The futuristic community showcases smart, sustainable, and connected technologies.

Peña Station Next, a transit-oriented mixed-use development, stretches across 382 acres near Denver International Airport. The futuristic community created in partnership with Panasonic Enterprise Solutions showcases smart, sustainable, and connected technologies. In September 2016, Panasonic Corporation of North American consolidated its operations hub for Panasonic Enterprises in Denver and become the anchor tenant. ... more »

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