01 August 2013

DNV KEMA Clean Technology Centre opens R&D unit in Singapore

Arnhem, the Netherlands - 01 August 2013 – DNV KEMA Clean Technology Centre (CTC) today opened a research and development unit in Singapore focussing on power systems reliability, smart grids and renewable energy grid integration. The R&D unit in Singapore adds Asian perspectives to DNV KEMA’s global R&D activities which will now better address the challenges unique to the Asian energy industry.

Setting up an R&D unit here in Singapore is a natural progression in our commitment to R&D in Singapore and Asia. We established the Clean Technology Centre in 2010 and with all the challenges we see in the future energy systems in Asia, the R&D unit will support the Asian market as it grows and navigates through the complexities of integrating new technologies into aging infrastructure without compromising on system reliability.”, says BT Markussen, COO for DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability Asia Pacific.

The DNV KEMA R&D unit will work closely with DNV KEMA researchers in Arnhem, The Netherlands and will reflect the challenges and needs unique to the Asian market into DNV KEMA research projects being kicked off. Dr Kelvin Tan, currently head of section for renewable energy and T&D services will lead the unit. He brings more than 10 years of experience in power system and renewable energy grid integration to the R&D unit and he will be supported by Mr Chan Eng Kiat as lead technologist. Mr Chan, who joined CTC on 1st of July 2013 brings more than 30 years of industry experience from Singapore Power, Power Automation and the Energy Market Authority.

ASEAN together with India and China will show a combined rise from 27.5 percent in 2010 to 40.1 percent in 2030 in power generation. These aggressive growth scenarios will unearth more technical and policy challenges that will require new knowledge and innovative thought leadership to help resolve. It is envisaged that the R&D unit will help contribute to the development of new ideas and solutions relevant to the regional industry.

The R&D unit will leverage the good relationships CTC has already established over the last 3 years with a number of institutes of higher learning in Singapore which includes, the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), the National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and NgeeAnn Polytechnic and other research establishments such as the Experimental Power Grid Centre (EPGC). The R&D unit will continue to expand working relationships with other IHLs and private research establishments in Singapore to further enhance the strengths of the local energy research ecosystem.

DNV KEMA’s establishment of a research unit for power systems and renewables affirms Singapore’s growing sophistication as a Cleantech hub in Asia. Singapore has developed a vibrant clean energy ecosystem across the entire value chain comprising research, innovation and commercialization of new solutions. Global power and clean technology companies can leverage Singapore’s advantages in skilled manpower, availability of complementary partners and strategic focus on energy research to serve global markets,” says Goh Chee Kiong, Executive Director of Cleantech and Building & Infrastructure Solutions, Singapore Economic Development Board. 

Source: DNV KEMA