ARNHEM, the Netherlands, August 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
DNV KEMA Clean Technology Centre (CTC) today opened a research and development unit in Singapore focusing on power systems reliability, smart grids and renewable energy grid integration. The unit extends DNV KEMA's global R&D activities to better address unique challenges in the Asian energy industry.
"This is a natural progression of our commitment to R&D in Asia. We established the CTC in Singapore 2010:the new R&D unit will support the Asian market as it navigates integrating new technologies into an aging infrastructure without compromising system reliability," says BT Markussen, COO for DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability Asia Pacific.
Dr Kelvin Tan, currently head of section Renewable Energy and T&D services, will lead the unit, bringing over 10 years' experience in power system and renewable energy grid integration. Lead technologist, Mr Chan Eng Kiat, has 30 years' experience from Singapore Power, Power Automation and the Energy Market Authority.
The unit will contribute knowledge and ideas addressing technical and policy challenges posed by major growth across Asia. Power generation in ASEAN together with India and China is expected to rise from 27.5 percent in 2010 to 40.1 percent in 2030. Furthermore, the governments of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore have set aggressive targets to expand installed renewable energy (RE) capacity over the next 20 years, making South East Asia increasingly interesting for RE investors.
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).
"Establishing this R&D unit recognizes the importance of Asia as a cradle of innovation to help address the challenges faced by the power sector and the excellent R&D infrastructure and ecosystem in Singapore," says Dr Sanjay Kuttan, Southeast Asia Regional Manager and Managing Director, CTC.
"DNV KEMA's establishment of a research unit for power systems and renewables affirms Singapore's growing sophistication as a Cleantech hub in Asia. Global power and clean technology companies can leverage Singapore's 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