Technology is changing how energy is created, stored and managed. Our innovations are moving the industry forward.
The energy market is quickly evolving as the cost of renewable energy continues to fall. Production is becoming more decentralized. Storage is becoming more common. And “demand-response” pricing, enabled by the flow of data, is helping utilities better align demand for power with the cost to generate and distribute it. Panasonic innovations are behind these and other industry shifts, creating new opportunities for municipalities, utilities, builders, homeowners and major electricity customers, including hyperscale data centers. See how we’re turning the best of our thinking into brighter solutions.
How will we achieve our ambitious goal of a carbon energy-free planet? What new innovations in energy technology are we working on today? Get the answers in our five-minute eBook.
As a leader in renewable energy production and storage, we have a long history of meeting ever-changing needs. In fact, for nine straight years, we’ve been one of the world’s leading companies for environmental and social initiatives. With each passing year, our disruptive solutions bring the promise of a carbon energy-free society closer.
For the challenges our world faces, one or two solutions won’t be enough. That’s why we’re committed to delivering entire ecosystems, from solar panels and storage systems to multi-stakeholder partnerships that help cities keep the power flowing sustainably.
We see a time in the near future when we will create more energy than we use, but it will take dedication and hard work to get there. Environment Vision 2050 is our commitment to the planet we all share, and is driven by two major activities: creating a safe and secure society with clean energy technology, and working with businesses aiming for a sustainable society.
*Panasonic, Sustainability Data Book 2019, August 2019
Over the past two decades, our premium HIT® solar panels have introduced a number of innovations, improving power output for the long haul. Unlike conventional panels, HIT delivers peak performance even in the hottest climates. And our new HIT AC Series panels, with built-in microinverter, provide additional resiliency. If the microinverter on one panel fails, it doesn’t take the entire array offline as a central inverter failure would.
Completing the picture for homeowners, our EverVolt™ residential energy storage system provides a flexible solution to save energy for use during peak hours or grid failures. The system, which can be scaled down to as little as 5.7 kWh of energy storage or expanded to 34.2 kWh, offers simple, one-person installation and comes equipped with advanced software and a user-friendly app for homeowners.
We believe in creating a better life and better world for all who share this planet, and look for strategic partnerships to help make our goals a reality. One example is Denver’s Peña Station sustainable energy district, where we spearheaded an initiative with Xcel Energy and other stakeholders to create Colorado’s first solar micro-grid. The project – which has inspired similar initiatives across the U.S. – helped Xcel modernize and manage its grid with innovative technologies and strengthen resilience for customers and critical loads.
Panasonic has also invested billions of dollars with partners like Tesla and Toyota to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles.
As data continues to proliferate, data centers must uncover new operational efficiencies. We’re helping them make better use of their physical space by integrating lithium-ion battery backup directly into their server racks. By moving away from traditional lead-acid battery banks, which have an extensive footprint, data centers can devote more room to revenue-generating server and storage racks.
To help achieve our 2050 goal of being carbon energy-free, we continue to explore many promising options for sustainable energy. That’s why you’ll find our R&D groups busy at work on geothermal energy production and hydrogen fuel cell technology. In fact, we’ve already made hydrogen fuel cells available to houses and facilities in Japan, and we are pursuing various initiatives in hydrogen production, storage and utilization.
*Panasonic, Disruptive Technology Adoption Research, August, 2018
As utilities move toward more connected, distributed grids and adopt IoT technologies, their mobile workforces must transform as well. Using rugged mobile devices, utility and energy company field workers will be able to leverage real-time data and better connect with their customers and the grid. Opportunities abound, from installing smart thermostats, to quickly restoring power after outages, to using augmented reality to configure and repair the grid.