World News – CA – S’pore to import electricity from Malaysia in 2-year pilot test


SINGAPORE – Little red dot wants a greener energy mix, and is taking several steps to achieve this – from an electricity import pilot with Malaysia to benefit more from the sun at home and invest in research on emerging low-carbon technologies

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing outlined on Monday October 26 the steps Singapore will take to become a « bright green spark » for the world – a place where ideas and applications can be a source of inspiration and help create more sustainable and better quality living environments

As part of its plans, Singapore hopes to harness green energy from across the region through regional power grids The groundwork for this will be laid through a two-year power import pilot with Malaysia

« We will be launching this with 100 megawatts of electricity imports over a two-year trial period, » M said Chan This will be around 15% of Singapore’s peak electricity demand

« This (trial) can help us access clean energy from countries in the region and improve our energy resilience. We are working closely with Malaysia and we are grateful for their strong support, » said M Chan in his opening remarks at Singapore International Energy Week, a weeklong energy conference

The Energy Market Authority (EMA), an agency under the Ministry of M Chan, plans to issue RFP by March of next year Electricity imports could begin as early as the end of 2021, via the existing electricity interconnection between Singapore and Malaysia

The Straits Times understands that the trial could also pave the way for energy imports from other countries

Reuters reported last November that two Australian billionaires had invested tens of millions of dollars in a project to deliver solar power from northern Australia to Singapore via the world’s longest high-rise submarine cable. world tension

The Republic will also step up efforts to harness more sun here, with the goal of achieving 15 gigawatt peak (GWp) solar deployment by 2025, Mr. Chan

This is an acceleration of the solar deployment plan announced by M Chan at last year’s conference, which was expected to have an installed solar capacity of 2 GWp by 2030

« Solar energy is our most promising renewable energy source We must maximize its role in the energy mix, » said M Chan, adding that it can be done with the public sector in mind

There is a lot of sunshine in Singapore, but harnessing it to power the nation comes with hurdles Lack of space to deploy solar panels and intermittent sunshine due to cloud cover and sunlight. urban shading are some of the challenges

To this end, M Chan said EMA and Keppel Offshore and Marine jointly awarded a research grant for energy storage systems to a consortium led by technology company Envision Digital

Longer term, Singapore could also tap into emerging low carbon technologies, such as using hydrogen as a fuel or deploying the use and storage of carbon capture to ‘suck’ the carbon dioxide that warms the planet from the air

Such technologies are still relatively nascent, said Mr. Chan, but the government has set aside around $ 49 million to fund low-carbon energy research and test bed efforts for hydrogen use and storage and carbon capture.

M Chan said that as a disadvantaged country when it comes to alternative energy, Singapore has always had to find creative ways to meet its energy challenges

But that will rise to the challenge, just as it did with Covid-19, he added, noting that Singapore International Energy Week is the first large-scale event on physical mice (meetings, incentives , conventions and exhibitions) since the pandemic began

Various safe management measures have been implemented, he said, stressing that all participants must pass rapid antigen testing before being allowed to participate, and the use of technologies based on artificial intelligence to detect abnormal body temperatures and monitor safety compliance measurements

« Experimenting with these innovative solutions will make Singapore the world’s leading destination for safe, reliable and innovative Mice events, » he said

« I hope our efforts inspire not only our employees and businesses, but the world too Let us all work together to craft the next chapter in our energy story as we redefine ourselves as a brilliant green spark for the world »

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