Week in South East Asia: Singapore’s First “Digital Twin” for National Power Grid; Cambodia To Add 495 MW of Solar Power from Seven Projects by 2023 and More

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Singapore’s First “Digital Twin” for National Power Grid

Singapore is developing a “digital twin” of its power grid assets and network, to improve the reliability of its electricity supply and support the deployment of cleaner energy sources. It has created in collaboration with government agencies, industry players and research experts to enhance power grid resilience. A brighter and more sustainable energy future – this is what Singapore’s first digital twin for the power grid will enable. Supported by the Energy Market Authority (EMA), SP Group (SP) and the Science and Technology Policy and Plans Office (S&TPPO) under the Prime Minister’s Office, the upcoming Grid Digital Twin will serve to enhance Singapore’s grid resilience to ensure grid reliability and support the deployment of cleaner energy sources. It will give authorities a more comprehensive overview of the country’s power grid assets and network.

Cambodia To Add 495 MW of Solar Power from Seven Projects by 2023

Cambodia will add 495 MW of solar power capacity from seven projects by 2023, which will represent 20 % of the total energy supply by then, said Ministry of Mines and Energy, Secretary of State, Ith Praing. Praing said Our electricity supply is dominated by renewable energy, especially hydro, accounting for 88 % on a typical day, followed by solar. “The key objectives in our latest power development plan 2020-2040 include accessibility, reliability, affordability, security as well as contribution to address climate change,” he said. Praing expressed Cambodia’s commitment to address climate change; to assume responsibility and attentively work towards finding a common global resolution; and to ramp up development of low-carbon electricity to spur a just and equitable energy transition.

AC Energy to Supply Clean Power to Ayala Land Until 2050

AC Energy (ACEN) has signed a power supply agreement (PSA) with sister firm Ayala Land to provide it with renewable energy until 2050. The two Ayala firms inked their deal ahead of the opening of COP26. AC Energy will be sourcing its supply from its 120-megawatt (MW) Alaminos solar farm in Laguna, Philippines. This marks a long-term partnership that will advance both companies’ net zero aspirations, eliminating 102,540 MTCO2e per year, or the equivalent of taking 22,291 cars off the road annually. Alaminos Solar is one of the country’s largest solar farms with 120 MW of renewables capacity and the first ever solar storage hybrid locally, said the company statement. It also aims to create awareness on various climate action programs such as renewable energy and nature-based solutions through reforestation and biodiversity protection.

Malaysia To Boost Renewable Energy Capacity to 40% by 2035

Malaysia’s renewable energy installed capacity is targeted to reach 40 %, or 18,000 MW by 2035, Energy Minister Takiyuddin Hassan said, as the South-east Asian nation charts a lower-carbon pathway for its power sector. Current installed capacity for renewable energy in Malaysia is 8,520 megawatts, or 23 % of the energy mix, he said in a speech at the Singapore International Energy Week event. The nation aims to raise its renewable energy capacity to 31 % of total capacity by 2025, he added. Malaysia has plans to introduce battery energy storage systems in the country with a total capacity of 500 MW from 2030 onward as solar has the highest potential, The KeTSA minister Datuk Seri Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah had announced it earlier.

Sunseap Group Signs MoU to Build 7 GW Cross-Border Solar Project in Riau Islands

Sunseap Group today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with various local and international partners to explore and develop solar power systems with combined capacity of 7 GW around the Riau islands, including a previously announced 2.2 GW floating solar PV in Duriangkang, Batam. The proposed solar power system is one of the largest cross-border interconnect clean energy projects in Southeast Asia and will help Singapore and Indonesia meet their green goals. The project will help Singapore and Indonesia meet their green energy goals and would be one of the largest cross-border interconnected clean energy projects in Southeast Asia, Sunseap said in the press release. “Coupled with multiple energy storage systems totaling more than 12 GWhr, the project aims to provide 1 GW of non-intermittent low-carbon clean energy for Singapore and Indonesia,” it added.

Singapore Grants In-principle Approval to Import 100 MW Solar Power from Indonesia

The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has granted in-principle approval on a pilot project to import 100 megawatt (MW) of solar power from Indonesia to Singapore. The Project is in line with the Singapore Green Plan 2030 to increase renewable generation. The project is expected to have an installed generation capacity of 670 MWp in the initial phase, which will provide 100 MW equivalent of non-intermittent electricity. The renewable electricity generated will be supplied via a dedicated plant-to-grid 230 kV HVAC subsea connection to Singapore. Scheduled for commissioning in 2024, the project will allow Singapore offtakers to enjoy competitively-priced renewable electricity and significantly increase the solar capacity available to Singapore from the current level of 430 MWp, said the company statement.

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