Singapore Surging Ahead With Its Energy Storage Ambitions

Published onMay 24, 2018

It’s known as the last piece of the clean energy puzzle. Energy storage is a key component to the decarbonised energy grids of the future, and Singapore is leading Southeast Asia in breaking new ground in the area.

Talk about smart grids and renewable energy, and images of gleaming solar panels, spinning wind turbines and roaring hydropower are likely to come to mind. Less so the rows of nondescript batteries within energy storage facilities, which, despite the lack of hype, have been called the last piece of the smart grid puzzle by industry experts. Demand for renewable energy is only set to grow in the coming decades as the world shifts to low-carbon forms of electricity, a transition accelerated by falling prices of renewable energy and commitments by governments to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Agreement on climate change. However, renewable energy is not without its drawbacks. For one, it is completely dependent on the weather. Cloudy skies or rain will decrease the amount of energy produced by solar panels, for instance, even as energy demand remains constant. This varying level of energy output is known as intermittency and can cause grid instability. The key to overcoming the challenge of intermittency and unlocking the mass deployment and adoption of clean energy is energy storage…