French energy management and automation company Schneider Electric has signed a new tripartite agreement with Engie Lab and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to develop a renewable micro-grid demonstrator in Singapore.

The tripartite initiative is part of the existing Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator in Singapore (REIDS) project located on Semakau Island.

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The REIDS programme is led by the country’s autonomous university NTU, with a consortium of partners that also includes Engie Lab and Schneider Electric.

The new project will help address energy access challenges for off-grid areas in Singapore and in the larger Asia-Pacific and South-East Asia regions.

Under the REIDS project, the NTU-led consortium aims to build a micro-grid demonstrator to address energy access challenges in off-grid areas and islands by integrating various renewable sources and storage systems.

"The new project will help address energy access challenges for off-grid areas in Singapore and in the larger Asia-Pacific and South-East Asia regions."

The project will leverage the operational excellence and planning capabilities from Engie while energy management expertise and innovation will be offered by Schneider Electric. The collaboration will seek to integrate and test the latest solutions that offer a wide range of services including electricity and mobility.

Major innovations involved in the project are the scalability and ability to begin from both greenfield system and brownfield system through a plug and play approach.

As part of the project, other key innovations include a power control module, which enables up to 100% intermittent renewable integration, and a multi-fluid optimisation module that helps increase synergies between different decentralised energy resources to offer cheap and reliable electricity with low environmental impact.

In addition, Schneider Electric intends to establish and develop highly skilled competencies to help face increasing clean energy demand in Singapore.