The National Solar Repository (NSR) was launched today by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic, at an industry event co-organised by Clean Energy Programme Office (CEPO) members EDB and EMA, as well as SBF and SEAS.
The NSR captures data from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in Singapore, ranging from commercial, industrial to residential buildings. The repository’s website (www.solar-repository.sg) displays the location of each PV system on an interactive map of Singapore, as well as photographs of the various PV systems across the island.
“Singapore, with its dedication towards clean technology, has the unique chance to lead the pace for the dissemination of solar power in tropical climates. Testing and systems optimisation today is still more focussed on moderate climate zones, predominately in the Northern hemisphere. The conditions here are much more diverse, and we have to understand the implications on the technology. A comprehensive database across Singapore is a crucial next step as we move into the ‘solar age’. This is especially so in a few years time, where having reached grid parity, we will have to smoothly integrate thousands of solar PV systems into the electric power grid. By then, we will see the true value of the National Solar Repository,” said Professor Joachim Luther, CEO of SERIS.
At the event, CEPO also awarded a second wave of private sector projects with the Solar Pioneer Award, supported under the S$20 million Solar Capability Scheme. The six projects are GKE’s Warehouse cum Office; Keppel Land’s prime Grade A commercial development, Ocean Financial Centre; REC’s Integrated Solar Manufacturing Facility; SOLID Asia’s project at United World College’s (UWC) Tampines Campus; Standard Chartered Bank’s Building at Changi Business Park and Woh Hup’s Headquarters Building.
Commenting on the awards, Dr Beh Swan Gin, Managing Director of EDB and co-Executive Director of CEPO said, “These private sector projects are part of Singapore’s ‘Living Laboratory’ initiative to help companies develop, testbed and demonstrate innovative products and solutions. These testbed projects will enable the solar industry ecosystem in Singapore to build up important capabilities, which can then be scaled up to capture opportunities in global markets.”