French electric utility company Engie has opened a new green energy lab in Singapore with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).[quote] The new laboratory will act as a regional hub for energy innovation and technology in Southeast Asia. The lab will focus on work in three primary areas including smart energy systems for cities and islands, industrial energy efficiency and gas technologies.
The lab will also support and collaborate with established Engie entities in the region in managing R&D projects and providing services based on its technological expertise – including managing new energies, digital systems such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile apps.
Engie Lab Singapore is the latest addition to the company’s R&D network which will serve to strengthen existing technologies to enhance energy-related infrastructures and energy uses. [Singapore and Suez partner on smart water grid project]
Isabelle Kocher, Engie chief executive officer, said: “The opening of the Engie Lab Singapore is a key milestone of the development strategy of Engie in Southeast Asia to support the transition to low-carbon energy sources.
“Singapore’s dynamic innovation ecosystem and regional connectivity provides the right environment for us to set up this leading-edge R&D centre to develop practical solutions to meet the energy challenges in the region, and will help businesses to maintain their technological excellence.”
Engie collaboration in Singapore
The French company reportedly has more than 1,600 employees in Singapore, involved in activities in power generation, energy services, energy trading, LNG and research.
According to a release, the opening of the lab provides the foundation for further green energy developments in the region and partnerships in the field of low-carbon technologies and innovation.
It added that the lab follows collaboration between Engie and several other organisations in the region. The company has developed a strong partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) through its energy laboratory ERI@N. Engie and the university agreed to collaborate on various research and academic training topics and projects. [NTU Singapore establishes joint lab with Delta Electronics]
These projects include PowerZee, a gaming app involving students in efforts to reduce energy consumption on NTU campus; Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator (REIDS) programme – the largest micro-grid demonstration platform in the tropics, and IoT open innovation challenge for the cities of tomorrow.