Singapore invests in solar and microgrid

Singapore‘s Energy Market Authority (EMA) has awarded a $6.2m research grant to a consortium to improve the country’s abilities to forecast the amount of solar power that it generates.

The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), and SP Group are also signingà‚ a Memorandum of Understandingà‚ to build Singapore’s first experimental urban microgrid, which will be housed in SIT’s future campus at Punggol Digital District.
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The investment will enable authorities to better plan for the demand and supply of electricity in the national grid.

The launch of the consortium, which is led by the National University of Singapore, was announced by Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry Sim Ann on Monday.

Ms Sim also announced the launch of $17.8m in grants to build a test bed to develop energy storage capabilities.

Two consortiums led by CW Group and Red Dot Power will set up the Energy Storage System (ESS).

EMA, which awarded the grants with SP Group, said that energy storage can support solar power by providing energy reserves and reducing peak demand.

Ms Sim said: “Insights gained from the test bed would help develop standards and policies to facilitate the deployment of large-scale ESS in Singapore.”

She also talked about the expansion of a scheme that will allow citizens to sell excess solar energy back into the power grid from next April.

During the question-and-answer session after his Singapore Energy Lecture at the event, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Mr Teo Chee Hean, said that Singapore is “moving aggressively on solar”.

The amount of solar energy that Singapore produces is now less than 2 per cent. Mr Teo said that if Singapore pushed the boundaries, this could grow to “maybe 10, 15, 20 per cent”.

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