Singapore Power

Singapore Power has signed five partnerships with private sector companies worth S$10 million (US$7.46 million) on smart grids and data analytics projects.

Singapore’s electricity utility is teaming up with 3M on grid sensing, and analytics with NEC and Space-Time Insight. The utility stated that these projects will provide predictive alerts on electricity disruptions, which will allow Singapore Power to repair infrastructure before they fail. [Singapore Power opens centre for smart grid energy network]

[quote] Apart from these partnerships, the state power company will work with GE’s Grid Solutions business on substation digitalisation. The work done with GE is expected to provide customers with the choice of using renewable energy. Singapore Power will also partner with IJENKO and OMNETRIC Group to build smart energy and analytics platforms.

These platforms will use analytics to gain insight into customers’ behaviour, allowing Singapore Power to tailor messages to engage customers.

According to reports, the partnerships that have been announced are the first partnerships signed by the utility’s centre of excellence and will be completed by 2021. The centre of excellence was launched in April 2015 to pilot cutting-edge technologies in the country’s energy infrastructure. [Singapore striving for energy efficiency in thriving data centre sector]

Brandon Chia, head of the Singapore Power Centre of Excellence, said: “[The centre] is “committed to driving research and innovation that translates into a future-ready national grid.” The centre is said to have a budget of S$30 million (US$22.38 million) and is supported by the Economic Development Board.

Engie opens lab in Singapore

In related news, French electric utility company Engie has opened a new green energy lab in Singapore with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

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.