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Communications

A sophisticated communications system

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A sophisticated communications system allows the control centre to directly communicate with the trains, which go all the way up to 90kph.

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The Collaboration

The collaboration between Hitachi Rail STS and Metroselskabet

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The collaboration between Hitachi Rail STS and Metroselskabet resulted in a safe, fast and comfortable metro system, which makes it easy to get from A to B in minutes.

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Copenhagen

Copenhagen aims to become the world's first CO2-neutral capital by 2025.

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Copenhagen aims to become the world's first CO2-neutral capital by 2025. Over the course of 10 years, Copenhagen has committed to completely removing the city's 2 million tons of carbon footprint, even as the city continues to grow, with 100,000 new inhabitants and 20,000 jobs.

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An Innovative Project

In 2016, Abbanoa S.p.A., with the support of Hitachi and the council of Oliena

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In 2016, Abbanoa S.p.A., with the support of Hitachi and the council of Oliena, undertook an innovative project to reduce the leakages and increase the efficiency of its water supply network. The success of the 'Oliena model' has meant that it is being implemented in other municipalities across Sardinia, saving water and improving supply for the entire island.

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A Natural Source

Oliena's water supply is guaranteed by a natural source, a spring in the surrounding area

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Oliena's water supply is guaranteed by a natural source, a spring in the surrounding area named Su Gologone, one of the most important natural sites in Sardinia. The Challenge facing Oliena was to find a way to reduce water loss. The village has an aging water network with high levels of leakage and an intermittent supply.

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Hitachi's solution

With the support of Hitachi, the water supply of Oliena has been improved

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With the support of Hitachi, the water supply of Oliena has been improved by prioritising pressure management, air control and prevention of pressure variations. Hitachi's solution is based on an audit of the existing water network, followed by analysis and technical enhancements such as network design, air and water pressure management, and leak detection. The expertise of the Hitachi team and the close collaboration with the partner stakeholders led to a framework of interventions that solved the existing issues and added an efficient stability to Oliena's water network.

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The Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly are remote and isolated, lying 28 miles off the UK coast

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The Isles of Scilly are remote and isolated, lying 28 miles off the UK coast with just 2,200 residents who traditionally have relied on a single power supply cable from the UK mainland. The islands are one of the most protected landscapes and environments in England

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Carbon-Intensive

The islands have traditionally been carbon-intensive, ranking high for fuel poverty

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The islands have traditionally been carbon-intensive, ranking high for fuel poverty, due to their dependence on electricity and imported fossil fuels, such as heating oil.

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The Partnership

In 2015, an island-wide partnership was established

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In 2015, an island-wide partnership was established to implement a set of interconnected projects, with the aim to cut electricity bills by 40%, meet 40% of energy demand through renewables and see 40% of vehicles be low-carbon or electric by 2025. The partnership brought Hitachi together with the Council of the Isles of Scilly, the Duchy of Cornwall, Tresco and the Islands' Partnership - all collaborating to help residents and businesses move to a lower-carbon economy. The partnership demonstrates that Social Innovation can be driven from even the smallest communities to build solutions for their unique challenges.

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Water and energy

With it's aging water network and almost 50% of drinking water lost to leakage

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With it's aging water network and almost 50% of drinking water lost to leakage, Italy has the highest water withdrawal rate in the EU. Similarly, Italy's electricity grid losses are higher than the EU average. With many complex and unsolved challenges, it is critically important for Italy to improve factors such as affordable and clean water and energy.

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Madel

Madel is an Italian firm that produces home and personal care products

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Madel is an Italian firm that produces home and personal care products. It's complex and intricate factory sits in Cotignola, near the coastal town of Ravenna. Its production processes resulted in large quantities of waste water. Madel was looking for ways to reduce and eradicate these issues and gain a positive environmental impact.

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Integrated environmental solution

Madel collaborated with Hitachi to save energy and water

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Madel collaborated with Hitachi to save energy and water. Through the implementation of a Membrane Reactor and Hitachi's cloud-based H-Vision technology, the wastewater was drastically reduced and both wastewater and energy consumption lowered. This solution is enabling Madel to work towards its sustainability goals, and it's beneficial for Italy as a whole.

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Stena Line

Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies

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Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies and it aims to become the world's first cognitive ferry company. It has set itself targets for sustainability, one of which is to reduce fuel consumption by 2.5% per nautical mile annually. Stena Line asked Hitachi to identify software solutions that could make operations more efficient - improving safety and supporting ships in reducing fuel consumption and emissions. By introducing AI technologies, Hitachi has been able to identify the key factors causing high fuel consumption and advise how to make operations more efficient and environmentally sustainable.

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Fuel efficency

Traditionally, ships use an archive of old routes

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Traditionally, ships use an archive of old routes combined with the knowledge of their captains to plot their routes, but these aren't necessarily the most fuel-efficient. Several factors, such as wind conditions, water depth, and sea currents are constantly changing and have an effect on the ship that is difficult to predict. Over a lifetime at sea, Stena Line's most experienced captains develop an instinct to find the best path. But the company can't wait 25 years to train each new captain; it needed a new and efficient way to pass on that experience and knowledge to the next generation of sailors.

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AI assistance

In September 2018, Stena Line introduced AI-assistance to its first vessel

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In September 2018, Stena Line introduced AI-assistance to its first vessel: The Stena Scandinavica, which is now running the technology. The AI model simulates many different scenarios before suggesting the optimal route and performance setup for making fuel efficiencies. With the help of AI, the captain and other ship's officers are able to consider a number of variables, such as sea currents, weather conditions, water depth and speed through water, in various combinations which would be impossible to do manually. The AI recalculates in real-time and provides the crew with ongoing suggestions to keep the ship on the optimal course. The officers are also able to feed information into the AI so that it learns from previous experience, and so Stena Line are continuing to develop and improve the technology. In this way, the project between Hitachi and Stena Line is one of co-creation.

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Aruba S.p.A

Aruba S.p.A. is the leading company in Italy for data centers, web hosting, email, certified email (PEC) and domain registration services.

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Aruba S.p.A. is the leading company in Italy for data centers, web hosting, email, certified email (PEC) and domain registration services. It operates across Europe and it's data centres manage over 2 million domains, more than 7 million email accounts and around 5 million customers. All of Aruba's data centers run on 100% renewable energy.

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Data centre

Aruba S.p.A. wanted to create the largest data center campus in Italy

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Aruba S.p.A. wanted to create the largest data center campus in Italy, which would outperform the market in terms of reliability and performance, while also optimizing the use of renewable energy and making the best use of space.

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Hydroelectric dam

Aruba S.p.A. made use of an existing hydroelectric dam and a new photovoltaic plant to provide the electricity to run the center.

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Aruba S.p.A. made use of an existing hydroelectric dam and a new photovoltaic plant to provide the electricity to run the center. It teamed up with Hitachi company 'FIAMM Energy Technology' to create a space-efficient solution for storing the renewable energy generated. FIAMM Energy Technology's FLB battery blocks, which have a long shelf-life and are maintenance free, can be installed in cabinets or racks to create compact battery layouts, creating a modular structure that guarantees the best use of space as well as straightforward future expansion.

(After the tender offer, Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd., the parent company of FIAMM, will not be consolidated subsidiaries of Hitachi).

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We are powering good by making transportation faster, more comfortable and accessible

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We are powering good by making transportation faster, more comfortable and accessible

We are powering good by making infrastructure more efficient and sustainable

Our smart technology is powering good by enabling affordable and clean energy

We are powering good in transport & logistics by collaborating with our customers to develop AI solutions

Our energy technology is powering good by supporting sustainable energy supplies

We are powering good in manufacturing by optimising factories to improve efficiency

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