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With support from the Singapore Economic Development Board, energy services provider ENGIE officially opened its first laboratory in Asia in Singapore. It is the 11th addition to ENGIE’s international R&D network called ENGIE Labs, which is supported by a total of 1,100 researchers and experts across all continents.
ENGIE’s Singapore R&D facility focuses on three fields: smart energy systems for cities and islands, industrial energy efficiency, and gas technologies. It will support and collaborate with ENGIE entities that are already established in the region as well as manage R&D projects; provide services based on technological expertise, such as new energies, digital systems, Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile apps; and strengthen existing technologies to enhance energy-related infrastructures and energy uses.
According to a spokesperson, ENGIE Lab Singapore will be unique as it will be the hub for energy innovation and technology for the Southeast Asia region. The R&D activities in the lab follows two years of successful collaboration in the region.
Since September 2014, ENGIE has already developed a strong partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) through its energy laboratory “ERI@N”. Both parties agreed to collaborate on various research and academic training topics. They are working on new ways to lead the energy transition through a series of innovative projects, including PowerZee, a gaming app involving students to reduce energy consumption on NTU campus, and the Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator (REIDS) program, the largest micro-grid demonstration platform in a tropical area.
The ENGIE Lab Singapore currently has four employees with a mix of technical and engineering backgrounds, headed by director Etienne Drouet. The ambition is to grow the team to 10 people within three years. The team also works with ENGIE employees across various business units in the region on power generation, energy services, LNG and trading.
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