Power Grid Centre to Spur R&D Collaborations

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted03/Nov/2011
Author: Spencer Ogden

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR’s) Experimental Power Grid Centre (EPGC) has officially opened in Singapore on Jurong Island.


EPGC , which was created to support Singapore’s emerging smart energy economy, reports that it will conduct research and collaborate with local and international partners “to develop future energy technologies in areas of electrical power networks and energy distribution and renewable energy resources, for eventual commercialization.”

After the opening, EPGC signed a research collaboration agreement with SP PowerGrid to improve the reliability of the grid and three memos of understanding (MOU) with the Housing Development Board (HDB), Meidensha Corporation Japan, and National Instruments covering renewable energy integration, advanced inverters, and smart grid control.

HDB will leverage EPGC’s R&D capabilities to explore the integration of renewable energy for public housing; Meidensha is interested in developing high efficiency control technology for advanced medium voltage inverters used by industrials pumps and fans; and National Instruments is seeking advanced measurement and control technologies for smart grids.

National Instruments Managing Director, Chandran Nair, notes, “National Instruments sees EPGC as a valuable research partner for developing advanced solutions for distribution automation and real-time smart grid controllers to cater for high renewable energy penetration.”

A*STAR Chairman Lim Chuan Poh explains that the launch of EPGC is “timely with the increasing global demand for renewable energy and innovative energy transmission and networks. EPGC provides a unique research platform for public-private partnerships to develop future energy and smart grid solutions. The collaborations that we have developed signal the immense potential EPGC offers to industry partners and public agencies to translate research into novel energy solutions to create value for Singapore. These will not only transform Singapore into a smart energy economy, but also make an impact in the international energy landscape, establishing Singapore as Asia’s Innovation Capital.”

Associate Professor Ashwin Khambadkone, EPGC Program Director, adds: “The EPGC focuses on research to develop solutions for quick adoption. It is designed to be flexible to allow various power networks to be configured within the facility. In addition, EPGC can facilitate research in the integration of renewables with its unique ability to replicate the power output of renewable energy sources at any time and any place through its wind turbine and solar PV emulators. At 1 Megawatt, power sufficient for 500 households, near grid-like conditions can be created in EPGC, making it a preferred platform for researchers, industry and public agencies to find solutions for a cleaner, more efficient and reliable electric power.”