Singapore awards $10m research grants for Smart Grid projects

Six teams were given grants.

According to a release, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced the award of research grants totalling about $10 million to six research teams for projects on Smart Grid technologies under the auspices of the Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO). The six projects focus on ensuring the reliability and resilience of the electricity grid, and spans areas such as energy analytics, storage, condition monitoring and control systems.

The Smart Grid grant call administered by EMA attracted 39 proposals from the industry and academia. The proposals were rigorously evaluated through a two-stage process involving both international technical experts and an evaluation panel.

Mr Chee Hong Tat, Chief Executive, EMA and co-Executive Director of EIPO said, “I am encouraged by the interest and support from the industry and academia. The selected projects will help strengthen the resilience and efficiency of Singapore’s electricity grid. EMA will continue to look for opportunities to work with our partners to build capabilities, catalyse innovation and prepare Singapore’s energy infrastructure for the future.”

With utilities companies and licensees as key partners in maintaining the high quality of electricity supply, Singapore Power (SP) is supporting the call for proposals by collaborating with several of the winning projects. Mr Chuah Kee Heng, SP’s Head of Strategic Development, said, “We are excited to partner leading researchers to develop innovative solutions that will address future energy challenges in our electricity network, improve grid reliability and benefit consumers in the long run.”

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