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World’s largest pilot 1MW smart grid to be erected in Singapore

July 20, 2010
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Written by Aditi Justa for ecofriend.org

Singapore is making way for the world’s largest pilot smart gird with a capacity of 1MW. SP PowerGrid and CEI Contract Manufacturing, who signed the agreement last week, will construct the $38 million power grid project on Singapore’s Jurong Island. The new Experimental Power Grid Centre (EPGC) is said to be the first in Southeast Asia. Under this project, electricity from renewable energy sources like solar and wind will also to be fed into the grid system.

Singapore's Central Business District

Singapore’s A*Star’s Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences will lead the venture and find partnerships with companies to develop these smart grids. After the grid goes operational, A*Star hopes to see ten big companies working in partnership with the new centre. It is anticipated that this smarter grid will provide better feedback on the status of the grid, helping operators stay ahead of potential blackouts. The EPGC is expected to be ready in the second-half of 2011.
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Oh, and if you’re like me and not too sure what a smart grid really is or what it might mean for Singapore, let me give you some background on it right here!

According to Wikipedia

smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital technology to control appliances at consumers’ homes to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency. It overlays the electricity distribution grid with an information and net metering system.

Such a modernized electricity network is being promoted by many governments as a way of addressing energy independenceglobal warming and emergency resilience issues. Smart meters may be part of a smart grid, but alone do not constitute a smart grid.

A smart grid includes an intelligent monitoring system that keeps track of all electricity flowing in the system. It also incorporates the use ofsuperconductive transmission lines for less power loss, as well as the capability of integrating renewable electricity such as solar and wind. When power is least expensive the user can allow the smart grid to turn on selected home appliances such as washing machines or factory processes that can run at arbitrary hours. At peak times it could turn off selected appliances to
reduce demand.

What does it mean for Singapore?

It is reported that similar research centres in the US, Europe and Japan have capacities of less than 500kW. The one that is scheduled to be built in Singapore has a capacity of 1 MW.

RechargeNews.com reports that the research centre will boost ‘emulators’ that are able to mimic other energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels.

“Innovation and development of energy technologies are vital to the growth of the global smart grid industry, which is expected to be worth $187bn by 2015,” says Lim Chuan Poh, chairman of A*Star.

A smarter grid would allow more detailed feedback on the status of the grid and help operators stay ahead of potential blackouts, and supply and demand would also be easier to balance.#

Any thoughts?

Mel

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