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The Energy Market Authority (EMA) and JTC, with support from Enterprise Singapore (Enterprise SG), have awarded three projects under the $6 million grant to test-bed new clean energy innovations on Jurong Island. These projects demonstrate the shared commitment by the industry, technology partners and government agencies to advance clean energy deployment on Jurong Island.
The investment in clean energy technologies is part of Singapore’s energy transition to decarbonise its energy supply and will support Singapore’s raised climate ambition to achieve net-zero by or around mid-century. This will also support Jurong Island’s vision of more sustainable energy and chemicals park in line with Singapore’s Green Plan 2030.
These projects, piloted for the first time on Jurong Island, cover a diverse mix of technologies. They include innovative floating solar deployment and the development of a virtual ledger system to support green hydrogen production. One of the projects will also look at using existing infrastructure to deploy energy storage systems and the electrolytes used for energy storage can be produced from recycled industrial waste, which enhances circularity on Jurong Island. The awarded projects were selected based on their innovativeness, commercialisation potential and scalability.
If shown to be commercially viable, the test-bed projects could be scaled up and deployed across more companies on Jurong Island as well as other industrial companies looking for cleaner energy solutions. This grant call was launched following the Jurong Island Circular Economy Study, supported by 51 energy and chemicals companies, which highlighted opportunities for greater collaboration to explore clean energy technologies on the island.
On the importance of investing in new energy technologies, Mr Ngiam Shih Chun, Chief Executive of EMA, said, “With Singapore’s limited renewable energy options, new energy technologies and innovations are key in our decarbonisation journey. Solar is our most viable renewable energy source and we hope to push the boundaries further to maximise the amount we can harness. We are also looking at low-carbon alternatives such as hydrogen to reduce our carbon emissions in the longer term. The partnership with industry and research community will accelerate our transition towards a more sustainable energy future.”
Mr Alvin Tan, JTC’s Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Industry Cluster Group, said, “Jurong Island is at the heart of our sustainable energy transition. Such collaboration with the community to devise innovative low-carbon solutions will not only quicken the pace and help us achieve breakthroughs in costs, scale, and availability of clean energy, but also bolster Jurong Island’s reputation as a living test-bed for emerging technologies.”
Mr Jeffrey Siow, Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise SG, said, “EnterpriseSG is pleased to support EMA and JTC as part of our Open Innovation initiative to test-bed novel technologies on Jurong Island. This initiative will help our enterprises forge strong partnerships with Jurong Island companies and the research community to jointly develop sustainable solutions that contribute towards our net-zero climate ambitions.”
More than 30 proposals were received following the open grant call in October 2021. The grant supports the prototyping and demonstration of the awarded projects over the next two years.