A*STAR’s smart grid research center opened


Lim Chuan Poh,
Chairman, A*STAR
Singapore — (METERING.COM) — November 3, 2011 – Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has opened its Experimental Power Grid Center (EPGC) for research and development of smart grid and other future energy technologies.

The EPGC, which is one of the largest experimental power grid facilities of its kind in the world, was officially opened by S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry.

Located on Jurong Island, an artificial island to the southwest of the main island of Singapore, the EPGC is aimed to support the country’s development of a smart energy economy. The facility will pave the way for cutting edge research and research collaborations with local and international partners to develop future energy technologies in areas of electrical power networks and energy distribution and renewable energy resources, for eventual commercialization.

At the opening, the EPGC also signed a research collaboration agreement with SP PowerGrid to study how to improve the reliability of the grid.

In addition three MOUs were signed with the Housing Development Board (HDB), Meidensha Corporation Japan and National Instruments, covering respectively the integration of renewable energy for public housing, the development of high efficiency control technology for advanced MV inverters, and the development of advanced measurement and control technologies for smart grids.

These will add to the existing agreements with Vestas and Rolls Royce, which were forged during the Center’s groundbreaking in July 2010.

“The launch of the EPGC is timely with the increasing global demand for renewable energy and innovative energy transmission and networks,” said Lim Chuan Poh, chairman of A*STAR. “The collaborations that we have developed signal the immense potential the EPGC offers to industry partners and public agencies to translate research into novel energy solutions to create value for Singapore. These will not only transform Singapore into a smart energy economy, but also make an impact in the international energy landscape.”

The EPGC is also working closely with local stakeholders including the Economic Development Board, Energy Market Authority (EMA), JTC Corporation, and the National Environment Agency, with the aim to create Singapore’s smart grid value chain from R&D initiation to commercial test bedding and eventual technology adoption.