Planned to be built at National Environment Agency (NEA)-managed Semakau Landfill site, the system will have over 3,000m2 of photovoltaic (PV) panels, including energy storage systems that are already in operation.

Being developed under the NTU-led Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator-Singapore (REIDS) initiative, the hybrid power grid system will comprise four hybrid microgrids.

The system, which is expected to be first large-scale system of its type, will assess the interoperability of solar, wind, tidal-current, diesel, energy storage and power-to-gas technologies while ensuring the energy sources operate well together.

As part of this effort, the first hybrid microgrid was deployed at the site which will enable NEA to power its infrastructure on Semakau Landfill using electricity generated through zero-carbon means.

The NTU’s REIDS initiative, which is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and NEA, also intends to help develop and commercialize microgrid technologies suited for a tropical island.

EDB Cleantech executive director Goh Chee Kiong said: “Singapore has identified microgrids as a key growth area for the clean energy industry.”

ENGIE, GE Grid Solutions, LS Industrial Solutions (LSIS) and Schneider Electric will develop the four microgrid systems. Other project partners include Accenture, Class NK, DLRE, Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), Trina Solar.

NEA CEO Ronnie Tay said: “The REIDS project will lead to innovative sustainable energy solutions that will help to address climate change. 

“The National Environment Agency (NEA) is very pleased to support this landmark effort to explore the integration of renewable energy into micro-grid solutions.”

Image: The new integrates system will feature solar panels. Photo: courtesy of Nanyang Technological University