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Market reports have indicated that the global cumulative smart grid market is expected to surpass $400 billion worldwide by 2020, with an average compound annual growth rate of over eight per cent. Within this market, Southeast Asian countries are expected to invest $13.6 billion in smart grid infrastructure between 2014 and 2024. According to Frost and Sullivan, Singapore possesses advanced SCADA systems to detect electricity supply disruptions automatically at transmission and distribution level whenever they occur. This makes the nation an ideal location to leverage new technologies to bring the capabilities of its power grid to the next level, in which A*STAR needs to play a role.

 

1. A*STAR-MND Green Building Grant Calls

To meet the Singapore Sustainable Blueprint (SSB) target to improve energy efficiency by 35% from 2005 levels by 2030, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has set a goal for 80% of the buildings in Singapore to be more resource-efficient, and achieve at least a Green Mark Certified rating by 2030. The Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) partnered the Building Construction Authority (BCA) to launch joint grant calls for R&D proposals in Green Building technologies.

The 1st A*STAR-MND Green Building Joint Grant Call was launched with Building Materials and Energy Efficiency as two focus areas. The 2nd A*STAR-MND Green Building Joint Grant Call was launched with Building Materials as the key focus area.

As a requirement of the Public-Private-Partnership, each project team must comprise at least one Public Research Organization and at least one company based in or with operations in Singapore. The involvement of industry partners serves to ensure that the research outcomes would be aligned to industry’s needs and are potentially deployable.

For more information, please contact:
Programme Manager (1st Grant Call):
Prof Ng Kim Choon, NUS (mpengkc@nus.edu.sg)

Programme Manager (2nd Grant Call):
Dr Gregory Goh, IMRE (g-goh@a-star.edu.sg)

 

2. Industrial Smart Grid Consortium

The recently launched A*STAR’s Industrial Smart Grid Consortium supports Singapore’s vision to be a leading hub for smart grid technologies. By working together with regulators in this fast-changing space, it aims to strengthen the value chain in key segments of the power industry and through investments in science and engineering.

Leveraging on the strong capabilities in the A*STAR’s Research Institutes (RIs), the Consortium undertakes research to enhance the competitiveness of our members. Where required, A*STAR also works bilaterally with companies on directly commissioned research.  Where necessary, capabilities external to A*STAR would be drawn upon to enhance the efficacy of the Consortium’s research.

For more information, please contact:
Dr Murali, Deputy Head (Industrial Smart Grid Consortium, ISGC) (Mparam@i2r.a-star.edu.sg)
Dr Henry Wong, Head (Smart Energy & Environment Department, I2R) (henry-wong@i2r.a-star.edu.sg)

EPGC

The Experimental Power Grid Centre (EGPC) aims to lead in ushering new technologies for intelligent and decentralised power distribution, interconnection and utilisation. This would be achieved through:

  • Undertaking research and development activities in defined core areas for intelligent and decentralised power distribution, interconnection and utilization;
  • Developing collaborative R&D with A*STAR Research Institutes, Universities, Industry and Singapore Public agencies; and
  • Promoting quick adoption and implementation of innovative technologies.

For more information, please contact:
Mr Alex Chong, Manager, EPGC (alex_chong@ices.a-star.edu.sg)
Dr Keith Carpenter, ED ICES (keith_carpenter@ices.a-star.edu.sg)

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