Construction of Singapore floating solar farm commences
Singapore has started work on a vast floating solar farm, the size of 45 football fields.
A partnership between Singapore’s Public Utilities Board (PUB) and Sembcorp Industries will see the beginning of the construction of a 0 megawatt-peak (MWp) floating solar photovoltaic system.
The farm will be based on the Tengeh Reservoir which is based at the eastern half of Singapore and will take over an area which is equivalent to the size of 45 football fields. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the largest solar farms of its kind in the world.
The solar facility is set to begin generating electricity in 2021, and will power PUB’s water treatment plants.
PUB has stated that the facility will offset around seven per cent of its annual energy requirements. According to the water agency, it equals around 32 kilotonnes of emissions or around seven thousand cars taken off the road.
Following the design and planning stage, an environmental study was conducted which concluded that floating solar panels “have minimal impact on the reservoir’s water quality and biodiversity”, according to PUB.
The design includes the use of cables encased in waterproof insulation in order to assure maximum durability, whilst anchors for the floats will prevent unnecessary movement, such as in strong winds or other extreme weather conditions.
The system has also been designed to enable the possibility of storing energy in battery systems in the future, making the project future proof.
The PV modules use double-glass that are designed to be UV-resistant, preventing them from being degraded from sunlight. The array has been designed to last around two and a half decades.
Advanced performance monitoring will also be included for the project, with the output of the system being fed to engineers and technicians. Live video monitoring will also be utilised in addition to dashboards and alerts which can make engineers and technicians aware of any issues with the system, along with the ability to track environmental factors.
The performance monitoring features also aim to enhance reliability whilst encouraging faster, more timely troubleshooting and maintenance.
Ng Joo Hee, Chief Executive of PUB, said: “With this floating solar power plant, which we believe to be one of the largest in the world, PUB takes a big step towards enduring energy sustainability in water treatment. Solar energy is plentiful, clean and green, and is key to reducing PUB’s and also Singapore’s carbon footprint.”
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".