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Singapore makes progress in testing renewable energy technologies

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 09:50

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Singapore has completed the first stages of its renewable energy living laboratories as it continues to aim to develop clean technology expertise for future export.

SINGAPORE has completed the first stages of its renewable energy living laboratories as it continues to aim to develop clean technology expertise for future export.

The installation of 10 different solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that float on water has been substantially completed in Tengah reservoir in the west.

Led by the Economic Development Board (EDB) and national water agency PUB, the pilot aims to test a variety of flotation systems and PV modules constructed by various companies around the world.

"This pilot project is first of its kind worldwide because of the sheer variety of flotation systems and PV modules tested, and the rigour involved in studying the environmental impact of floating PV systems," said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli.

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"If this pilot successfully establishes the economic viability and environmental sustainability of floating solar PV systems, Singapore will explore the large-scale deployment of these systems."

The minister also said that another living lab, the Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator Singapore (REIDS) on Semakau Landfill will be building three other microgrids to test how various microgrids can interact together.

REIDS has also developed strong traction with regional adopters such as an tourism resort on a remote Indonesian island and Meralco, the largest electric distribution company in the Philippines.

"The REIDS platform will therefore pave the way for similar solutions to be developed and exported to serve the fast-growing microgrid market in South-east Asia and beyond," said Mr Masagos.

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