ENGIE Lab Singapore, a new regional hub for energy innovation and technology in Southeast Asia, has now opened. The lab will focus on three major fields of sustainable and green energy development: smart energy systems for cities and islands, industrial energy efficiency, and gas technologies.
ENGIE Lab Singapore joins other ENGIE presences in the region, spanning two years of work and including 1,600 employees, to become a hub for sustainable energy in Southeast Asia. The Lab will both manage projects in research and development of new technologies and support existing technologies, working towards a myriad of goals including providing high-level technical support, developing tech pilots, and addressing regional challenges in new and innovative ways.
“Singapore’s dynamic innovation ecosystem and regional connectivity provides the right environment for us to set up this leading-edge R&D centre to develop practical solutions to meet the energy challenges in the region, and will help businesses to maintain their technological excellence,” said Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE Chief Executive Officer.
ENGIE has some major green and sustainable energy goals for Singapore that the Lab is primed to solve. It will notably be providing consulting services in order to optimize industrial processes and help individual countries reduce their carbon footprints.
In addition, ENGIE hopes to facilitate a transition away from traditional energy sources and towards natural gas. Currently, this initiative includes monitoring techniques to both improve fault detection and decrease maintenance costs.
The Lab will be working closely with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), with which ENGIE has enjoyed a strong partnership since 2014. Together, ENGIE and NTU have developed new technologies for clean energy development, such as PowerZee, a gaming app for NTU students.
PowerZee, which is part of the program EcoCampus, encourages university students to take on a crucial role in the development of clean energy solutions on campus. The app allows students to earn points for decreasing their energy consumption, by using the staircase, for example, or turning off the lights. It also allows students to voice their opinion on new energy strategies to be adopted on campus, such as ideal temperatures in individual rooms.
The hope is that the completed app will be deployed at other universities in the region as well, to contribute to the goal of 35% consumption reduction by 2020.
The REIDS initiative (Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator in Singapore) aims at developing a micro-grid demonstrator on Semakau Island in Singapore, which will address the issue of energy access for off-grid areas. Together with Schneider Electric R&D teams, ENGIE Lab Singapore will develop a Multiple Energies Solution, integrating various renewable energy sources and storage systems to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for islands and remote sites in the region.