In South East Asia, energy utility company Singapore Power has launched the Singapore Power Centre of Excellence to develop, test, pilot and integrate smart grid technologies in the country's infrastructure networks.
The centre of excellence has been launched in collaboration with the government’s Economic Development Board (EDB) to “drive the innovation and commercialisation of next generation energy network technologies, for greater reliability and efficiency of Singapore’s infrastructure”.
The centre will test the viability of remote sensors and intelligent drones to perform monitoring tasks and will operate as a technology test-bed.
New technologies will be piloted, undergo feasibility studies and will be carried through to integration into Singapore Power’s infrastructure and final commercialisation.
Wong Kim Yin, group CEO at Singapore Power, commented: “Our energy networks are the backbone of our economy and standard of living. The centre will provide the platform for testing, developing and implanting innovative solutions.
“The made-in-Singapore innovations will be key to our goal to be the first smart energy network in Asia, in turn enhancing our ability to continue serving our customers efficiently and reliably.”
The test-bed centre will build future-ready networks and capabilities to address trends and demands or greater energy efficiency, lower carbon footprint and develop “Asia’s first smart grid – a smart energy network.”
The first task of the centre will be the Singapore Power Energy Advanced Research and Development (SPEAR) programme, which will focus on instrumentation and control, grid communications and energy management.
The SPEAR programme will address the following themes: Next-generation SCADA and grid communications, grid sensing, substation modernisation, advanced condition monitoring technologies, turnkey tagging technologies for underground assets. The programme will also develop capabilities to allow for customer segmentation and demand response applications.
Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, managing director at EDB, said: “Through the Centre of Excellence, Singapore Power will … develop and test solutions across the value chain.
“…Innovative solution co-developed between Singapore and its industry partners, allow Singapore to reap the benefits of an enhanced grid network, as well as contribute to smart grid development in Asia.”