French energy giants unveil Singapore microgrid testbed


French utilities EDF Group and Enedis have partnered with the Nanyang Technological University to demonstrate the microgrid business case in Singapore.

The three have launched the Microgrid for Affordable and Sustainable Electricity in Remote Areas (MASERA) project.

The project is part of the Singapore International Energy Week and the 2018 France-Singapore Year of Innovation.

The parties will deploy a commercial offer of affordable and high-performance microgrids for isolated territories in South-East Asia.

The project will fall under NTU’s offshore microgrid testbed Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator.

The aim is to provide affordable electricity to isolated areas and to reduce the region’s carbon footprint.

Built within one year, the microgrid comprises:

    • 50kW of bifacial photovoltaic panels;
    • A Lithium-Ion storage system provided by Socomec;
    • An affordable and eco-friendly Zinc-Air battery from Zinium (EDF spin-off);
    • A Nissan Leaf electric vehicle;
    • A V2G (Vehicle to Grid) software platform and bidirectional charging hardware from Nuvve Corporation;
    •  A load bank to reproduce typical customers’ consumption;
    • A 100% EDF local and remote microgrid control system allowing standardised communications and generation optimisation;
    • Reliable and secure smart meter infrastructure with the expertise of Enedis.

Bernard Salha, senior executive vice president of EDF Group, said “Thanks to MASERA, EDF whose ambition is to become one of the world leaders in microgrids will improve its knowledge of local markets, reinforce its R&D and demonstrate the reliability of off-grid and microgrid solutions which can be developed in South-East Asia, which is at the heart of the Group’s international strategy: renewable generation, energy efficiency, smart city”.

EDF has successfully deployed microgrids in La Réunion island, the Nice Grid demonstrator in Carros near Nice and hybrid microgrids in Toucan and Kaw in French Guiana.