The SP Group will make an additional investment of up to S$8 million ($5.9M U.S.) to enhance the capabilities of a planned microgrid at the Singapore Institute of Technology’s Punggol campus.
The announcement of the additional investment doubles the originally announced investment by SP in 2017.
The microgrid will be the largest private microgrid in Singapore and the first Multi-Energy Microgrid (MEMG) installed on a university campus in Southeast Asia, the planners say.
SP Group will design, build and operate the project, which is expected to complete in 2024. It will supply 4% of the total energy requirement of SIT by supplying over 2000MWh of electricity annually from solar panels.
The microgrid is designed to endure Singapore’s tropical weather. It will integrate, electricity, thermal and renewable energy sources into the smart energy network. It will be enhanced to integrate low-carbon solutions, including building-integrated photovoltaics and distributed energy storage systems. It will have a hybrid AC/DC building level grid, capable of allowing the testing and deployment of different building management systems.
The MEMG will support policy and technology research on a distributed national grid, next-generation power electronics to enable bi-directional grid power flow and innovative energy services.
It will be a platform for interdisciplinary research on emerging energy technologies, green building designs and sustainable infrastructure.