Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Envision establishes R&D and IoT centre in Singapore

Steve Rogerson
November 7, 2017
Chinese smart energy company Envision plans to establish a digital hub in Singapore to house its global R&D centre and IoT and smart cities business. This builds on the company's existing centres of excellence in Silicon Valley, Denmark, Germany and China.
The digital hub will be aligned with Singapore's Smart Nation programme, by fostering local innovation activities and pursuing global technological and commercial excellence.
"Envision was inspired by Singapore Smart Nation commitment,” said Envision founder and CEO Lei Zhang. “Our global digital innovation hub will benefit from the smart city applications and talents developed here, and we can also provide a digital operating platform for smart city and stimulate IoT innovation ecosystem here.”
The hub will leverage EnOS, Envision's energy IoT platform, to accelerate renewable energy and IoT technology innovations. EnOS is a smart, scalable and open platform that connects silo data and systems to enable the IoT for energy. It is claimed to be the world's largest energy IoT platform, which helps manage over 100GW of energy assets globally.
EnOS covers multiple business domains including wind power, solar PV systems, thermal power plants, EV and charging networks, storage batteries, smart grids, smart buildings, smart homes, smart cities, and intelligent electrical terminals. Envision is building an intelligent global energy ecosystem with EnOS by cooperating with leading enterprises and strategically investing in companies.
Envision intends to hire more than 200 professionals involved in big data and analytics, machine learning and AI, IoT, security, project engineering, and regional management in Singapore. It is designed to include a demonstration and training centre of global best practices and an accelerator programme. Building on Envision's start-up incubator programme that includes start-ups globally, the company plans to create an accelerator programme to support future applications.
"Envision's decision to establish its global digital hub in Singapore is a strong testament to the attractiveness of our digital ecosystem and will support Singapore's vision to be the leading Asian clean energy hub,” said Chng Kai Fong, managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board. “The investment will create more opportunities for businesses in Singapore including energy technology start-ups to work with Envision to harness digitalisation and develop innovations in renewable energies and smart cities."
Envision is looking to work with partners to explore and develop projects that help build the global energy ecosystem and create a sustainable future. 
Envision is the second largest wind turbine manufacturer and the largest offshore wind power provider in China. It brings together energy industry expertise from around the world with its eight technology innovation centres in Europe, the USA and China. Customers include renewable energy operator Pattern Energy, power company Duke Energy, Shell Oil, renewable energy developer China General Nuclear Power Group, and solar energy service provider Trina Solar.