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Singapore Power signs five partnerships to develop smart grid technology

Steve Rogerson
August 23, 2016
 
Singapore Power’s Centre of Excellence hopes to raise S$10m through five partnerships driving research and development of next-generation energy network technologies.
 
The CoE is an initiative supported by the country’s Economic Development Board (EDB). The collaborations are part of the Singapore Power Energy Advanced Research & Development (Spear) flagship programme.
 
The partnerships will draw approximately $10m – one-third of the overall $30m programme, which was launched in April 2015 to promote the development, pilot and integration of technologies in Singapore’s energy infrastructure network.
 
The projects and partnerships are: grid sensing with 3M; substation digitalisation with GE; smart energy management platform with IJenko; energy network health analytics with NEC and Space-Time Insight; and big data analytics with Omnetric.
 
“SP CoE is committed to driving research and innovation that translates into a future-ready national grid,” said Brandon Chia, head of SP CoE. “This marks a significant milestone for the CoE as we begin our first partnerships with industry players to collaborate on developing and implementing next-generation technologies that will build up the resilience and reliability of our network. This brings us closer to providing sustainability in meeting the evolving customer needs of the future.”
 
When completed by 2021, the projects are expected to strengthen the resilience, reliability and efficiency of Singapore’s energy network, supporting SP’s objective in building a future-ready network to enhance the economy and the quality of life. Projects such as grid sensing and energy network health analytics will provide monitoring, predictive alerts and risk assessment analysis in accurate, real-time alerts. These will allow SP to enhance electricity supply reliability and reduce electrical disruptions to customers by anticipating and solving network problems before they occur.
 
“Through the Singapore Power CoE and its flagship Spear programme, Singapore is well positioned to become a reference model for smarter grids through the piloting of next-generation technologies to enhance Singapore’s core grid network, integrate renewables and improve demand-side consumer applications,” said Goh Chee Kiong, executive director for cleantech at the Singapore Economic Development Board. “The Singapore Power living lab platform will also catalyse demand-led innovation and anchor new investments and capabilities from the energy industry.”
 
While strengthening the capabilities of the grid, the substation digitalisation project should deliver sustainable benefits. When implemented, it will relieve network constraints by accelerating renewable connections, providing customers with a greater choice in distributed energy sources such as renewable energy.
 
The smart energy management platform and big data analytics projects will pilot applications that enable SP to analyse data to gain customer insights thus enhancing understanding of end-user behaviour to develop methods that will help SP better engage customers during service provision and help them manage their energy consumption.
 
Singapore Power owns and operates electricity and gas transmission and distribution businesses in Singapore and Australia, and district cooling businesses in Singapore and China. More than 1.4 million industrial, commercial and residential customers in Singapore benefit from SP’s transmission, distribution and market support services.
 
The CoE is an initiative by Singapore Power to drive the innovation and commercialisation of next-generation energy network technologies for greater reliability and efficiency of Singapore’s energy network infrastructure.