Japan: Panasonic donates Life Innovation Container to Miyagi Prefecture
April 1, 2011
At the end of March, Panasonic donated a Life Innovation Container to Miyagi Prefecture, which suffered widespread devastation in the recent Great East Japan Earthquake.
The Lifestyle Innovation Container is a full package of the Panasonic Group's energy creation, energy storage, and energy saving technologies into a single, 20-foot container. The system consists of solar panels, EV batteries, and charge-discharge control apparatus, and its development was headed by the Corporate Division for Promoting Systems & Equipment Business. This technology was originally developed for developing and emerging nations without electrical infrastructures, but this special donation was agreed in response to a request from Miyagi Prefecture following the extensive damage sustained in the disaster. The donated Lifestyle Innovation Container was installed at the municipal disaster response headquarters in the town of Minami-sanriku, which was almost totally destroyed by the tsunami.
The container will supply electricity for communications equipment and computers at the Minami-sanriku disaster response headquarters. It will also be used to charge mobile phones and otherwise provide support to those refugees forced to live at the Minami-sanriku General Gymnasium Bayside Arena, where the local disaster response headquarters is located.