REGULATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Singapore to pilot deployment of energy storage systems

ESS can prevent intermittency of renewable power sources and enhance grid stability.

Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) will collaborate on a pilot programme that will facilitate the deployment of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) in the country. The initiative is called ACCelerating Energy Storage for Singapore (ACCESS).

According to an announcement, ESS can counter the intermittency of renewable power sources and enhance the overall stability and resilience of the grid.

“They can also potentially allow consumers to optimise their peak demand and energy cost by taking more energy during off-peak hours and storing it to use later, thus reaping savings on their power bills,” Sembcorp said.

Such solutions are currently not common in Singapore, but have been employed in other markets overseas, the company added.

Potential applications could be to provide complete behind-the-meter clean energy solutions for individual electricity consumers or a demonstration project where complementary energy technologies can be showcased.

In a separate announcement, Sembcorp and EMA have also renewed their $10m partnership to boost the development of R&D and manpower. This marks a total commitment of over $20m to date.  

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