"Smart grid technologies will also provide consumers with real-time information on their energy usage. Such information will allow consumers to make informed choices on how to use energy efficiently and save cost," he added. The Minister explained that EPGC will allow researchers and companies to experiment with energy technologies in a safe grid-like environment to evaluate their performance and reliability before deployment in live, operational grids.
It will also serve as a natural technology partner for companies exploring the integration of renewable energy sources in any climatic zone. Many partnerships are also in the pipeline, including a collaboration with wind technology provider Vestas to co-develop technologies to enhance the capabilities of wind turbines.
EPC is also partnering with SP Power Grid (SPPG) to improve grid reliability. After the unveiling ceremonies, EPGC has signed an agreement with the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to study the integration of distributed energy generation and electric vehicles into housing estates. "This collaboration aims to address the technological challenges in assimilating distributed energy generation and electric vehicles into housing estates," the Minister said.