NTU Singapore to build offshore integrated renewable energy system

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is building an offshore system that will integrate multiple renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, tidal, diesel, and power-to-gas technologies.
NTU Singapore to build offshore integrated renewable energy system

The project will be the region’s first large-scale offshore power grid system, with four hybrid microgrids, occupying over 64,000 square metres of land or roughly about eight soccer fields. It will be built at Semakau Landfill which is managed by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and will have over 3,000 square metres of photovoltaic (PV) panels, including energy storage systems that are already in operation.

The hybrid power grid system is to be built under the Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator-Singapore (REIDS) initiative, led by NTU and is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and NEA. It will test the integration of solar, wind, tidal-current, diesel, energy storage and power-to-gas technologies and ensure these energy sources operate well together. It will also facilitate the development and commercialisation of microgrid technologies suited for a tropical island.

The four microgrid systems will be developed by ENGIE, GE Grid Solutions, LS Industrial Solutions (LSIS) and Schneider Electric. Other partners include Accenture, Class NK, DLRE, Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), Trina Solar. LSIS and Sony were also announced as partners on Tuesday at ACES 2016.

Once all four hybrid microgrids are fully built, they are expected to produce stable and consistent power in the megawatt (MW) range, suitable for small islands, isolated villages, and emergency power supplies. The project is expected to produce energy amounting to the equivalent of the average energy consumption of 250 4-room HDB flats for a year. Fish hatcheries and nurseries located at Semakau Landfill will be among the first to be powered.

The deployment of the first hybrid microgrid was announced today by Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources at the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.

“I am happy to announce that the first microgrid has just been deployed and it will enable the National Environment Agency (NEA) to power its infrastructure on Semakau Landfill using electricity generated through zero-carbon means” said Mr Zulkifli. “The use of energy storage and microgrid control technologies will allow the landfill to reduce its reliance on diesel-based power and transition towards renewable energy. I am also pleased to share that REIDS will deploy 3 further microgrids on Semakau Landfill to test the interoperability of various microgrid solutions.”

NTU Chief of Staff and Vice-President (Research) Prof Lam Khin Yong added that the deployment of the hybrid microgrid is a big leap towards low-carbon electricity production for Singapore and the region.

According to Mr Goh Chee Kiong, Executive Director of Cleantech at EDB, Singapore has identified microgrids as a key growth area for the clean energy industry. REIDS is the largest microgrid R&D platform in Southeast Asia and therefore is instrumental to Singapore’s ambition to achieve a global leadership position in microgrids and serve the regional markets. Since its launch in 2014, the REIDS platform has been successful in attracting leading solution providers and regional adopters to develop, demonstrate and export microgrid solutions from Singapore. The REIDS initiative is expected to attract $20 million worth of projects over the next five years, in addition to the initial $10 million investment in infrastructure at the landfill.

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