Sembcorp, Energy Market Authority look to develop virtual power plant

Sembcorp dragon boat team at DBS Marina Regatta on 2 June 2019.Sembcorp dragon boat team at DBS Marina Regatta on 2 June 2019.

Sembcorp Industries and the Energy Market Authority said Tuesday they have provided a grant to Nanyang Technological University to develop Signapore’s first virtual power plant (VPP).

”This VPP will contribute towards Singapore’s efforts to meet its climate change commitments. It allows for more clean and distributed energy resources such as solar to be integrated into Singapore’s energy mix while keeping the power system stable,” Sembcorp and EMA said in a statement filed to SGX.

A VPP coordinates electricity from solar and energy-storage systems at end-users’ premises into a “single utility-scale power station” for use across the city-state, the statement said.

Fluctuations in energy availability in some locations due to solar intermittency — such as the rain preventing solar-power generation — can be balanced using the VPP, which can forecast demand, the statement said.

Any faults in the distribution system can be isolated, limiting potential power loss to end-users, by rerouting power supplies, the statement said.