Singapore (PRWEB UK) 1 November 2011
Situated on Jurong Island, EPGC, the Agency for Science, Technologies and Analysis?s (A*STAR?s) centre for energy study is established to support Singapore?s goal toward creating a wise power economy. The facility will pave the way for cutting-edge investigation and research collaborations with local and international partners to develop future power technologies in locations of electrical energy networks and energy distribution and renewable energy resources, for eventual commercialisation.
At the opening nowadays, A*STAR?s EPGC signed a analysis collaboration agreement with SP PowerGrid and three MOUs respectively with Housing Development Board (HDB), Meidensha Corporation Japan and National Instruments. These agreements span analysis in varied fields, such as renewable energy integration, advanced high efficiency inverters and wise grid manage, with the aim of creating robust, cutting-edge solutions that can be speedily adopted and implemented.
The investigation collaboration with SP PowerGrid will study how to improve the reliability of the grid to enable SP PowerGrid to continue delivering globe-class energy reliability and high quality. ?SP PowerGrid is pleased to work with EPGC, a leading investigation institute in electricity grid-associated technologies, to discover and develop new smart grid technologies that are robust and but cost-efficient for our operations,? mentioned Sim Kwong Mian, Managing Director, SP PowerGrid.
HDB is an additional local partner that is leveraging EPGC?s R&D capabilities to jointly discover the integration of renewable energy for public housing.
Beyond local partners, EPGC has also attracted the interest of international organizations like National Instruments and Meidensha. US-based company National Instruments will be collaborating with EPGC to create advanced measurement and manage technologies for wise grids. Chandran Nair, Managing Director, National Instruments, stated, ?National Instruments sees EPGC as a valuable analysis partner for creating advanced solutions for distribution automation and actual-time wise grid controllers to cater for high renewable energy penetration.?
Meidensha, a leading Japanese manufacturer in the heavy electric industry, will engage in research with EPGC to develop high efficiency control technology for advanced medium voltage inverters that are employed in industrials pumps and fans.
This newest public-private partnerships will add to existing collaborations forged with Vestas and Rolls Royce, during the centre?s groundbreaking in July 2010.
Vestas, the world leader in wind technology, has already completed a project with EPGC to co-develop technologies to boost the capabilities of wind turbines. Rolls Royce, a global energy systems provider, has begun research on marine grid method with EPGC.
Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman, A*STAR, mentioned, ?The launch of EPGC is timely with the increasing global demand for renewable energy and innovative power transmission and networks. EPGC supplies a exclusive research platform for public-private partnerships to develop future power and wise grid solutions. The collaborations that we have developed signal the immense potential EPGC provides to market partners and public agencies to translate study into novel energy solutions to create value for Singapore. These will not only transform Singapore into a intelligent power economy, but also make an impact in the international power landscape, establishing Singapore as Asia?s Innovation Capital.?
EPGC is also operating closely with nearby stakeholders such as its partner agencies such as the Financial Development Board, Power Industry Authority (EMA), JTC Corporation and National Atmosphere Agency to develop Singapore?s wise grid value chain from R&D initiation to commercial test-bedding and eventual technologies adoption.
Mr. Chee Hong Tat, Chief Executive, EMA, said, ?EMA will continue to perform closely with EPGC to conduct analysis and analysis on smart grid technologies. Examples of collaboration projects incorporate the Intelligent Energy Method pilot and the Pulau Ubin Micro-grid Test-bed. These efforts will support to enhance our grid operations, which would support the deployment of intermittent renewable energy sources and give greater scope for consumers to lessen their energy consumption. ?
Associate Professor Ashwin Khambadkone, Programme Director, EPGC stated, ?The EPGC focuses on investigation to create solutions for speedy adoption. It is created to be flexible to enable different power networks to be configured within the facility. In addition, EPGC can facilitate analysis in the integration of renewables with its special capability to replicate the energy output of renewable power sources at any time and any place via its wind turbine and solar PV emulators. At 1 Megawatt, energy sufficient for 500 households, near grid-like conditions can be designed in EPGC, producing it a preferred platform for researchers, business and public agencies to uncover solutions for a cleaner, far more efficient and trustworthy electric energy.?
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