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Smart Grid Technology Primer: A Summary
S. K. Panda; K. J. Tseng; N. Y. Jadhav

This report highlights Singapore's endeavors towards adopting a smarter grid. Singapore already has been playing pioneering role in this direction by utilizing self-monitoring and online condition monitoring for network assets using network wide sensors; network mesh topology; adaptive protection schemes and semi-automated self-healing network restoration features; Electricity Management System (EMS); Gas Monitoring System (GMS), Interruptible Load (IL) Monitoring System; and Distributed Generator (DG) Monitoring System. Their network losses are reported to be only around 3 percent. Despite such stellar achievements, it still employes conventional grid technologies, especially in the last mile distribution network, which need to be upgraded to meet: continued growth in demand; integration of variable renewable energy sources and electric vehicles; increased security of supply, etc.

This report also discusses about existing smart grid projects in Singapore. Other test-beds such as the Experimental Power Grid Centre (EPGC) and the Pulau Ubin Intelligent Micro-Grid project focus on testing the integration of renewable energy sources in a grid-connected and off-grid environment respectively.

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