Masagos Zulkilfli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, announced that Singapore has launched the world's largest floating solar photovoltaic (PV) cell test-bed, and the region’s first large-scale, offshore power grid system, during his opening address for the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) at the 2016 Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).
The floating solar PV cell test-bed measures one hectare and contains 10 different solar PV systems, and the offshore power grid system is approximately the size of eight football fields and will be built on Pulau Semekau.
These initiatives allow Singapore to develop a leadership role in renewable energy development in the region, said Masagos as he outlined Singapore’s ambition to play its part in addressing climate change and to contribute to ASEAN's renewable energy goals.
Edwin Khew, Chairman of Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), added that partnerships between public and private sectors "will see greater adoption of clean energy and that it will create many new opportunities for clean energy projects”.
As attention continues to focus on COP21 and global warming, more than 100 international speakers will deliver insights on renewable energy, including: Goh Chee Kiong, Executive Director of the Economic Development Board (EDB) – who will be sharing an overview of Singapore's solar landscape and industry development efforts – and Dr Thomas Reindl, Deputy CEO of the Solar Energy Research Institute Singapore (SERIS).
They will be joined by corporate leaders such as:
Gao Jifan, CEO, Trinar Solar
Dr Lu Chuan, CEO, China Solar (Zhejian)
Dr Reynaldo T. Casas, President of nv-vogt, Philippines
Dallon Kay, President & CEO, Diamond Energy Corporation
Bambang Susanto, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
In addition, close to 60 high-level policy makers & regulators from the Sustainable Energy Centre of Excellence programme, which is aligned to the ADB, IE Singapore and SEAS, will attend this forum.