Singapore Container Port Deploys Battery System to Improve Energy Efficiency

As part of a project to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions at Singapore's seaport, Singapore has deployed a large-scale battery storage system for this purpose.

The 2MW/2MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) has been deployed at Pasir Panjang Terminal, one of the four main ports operated by PSA Singapore. The company's battery storage system is scheduled to be fully operational in the third quarter of this year.

Container ships move goods around the world, and better management of the port's energy use is a key priority for the Singapore government.

September 02, 2022

The Energy Market Authority of Singapore (EMA) has partnered with PSA Singapore to explore different technologies and solutions to address this problem.

The Singapore government department launched an appeal for research and development grants in 2019 to evaluate bids to integrate technologies such as renewable energy, energy storage systems and smart controls into terminals.

Meanwhile, the Energy Market Authority of Singapore (EMA) has also entered into a partnership with Shell Singapore Fossil Fuels to nurture and support local energy start-ups working in areas such as distributed power systems, energy storage and the Internet of Things (IOT). company.

A consortium led by Singapore-based sustainable infrastructure solutions provider Envision Digital has been awarded the contract for the deployment of energy storage at the Pasir Panjang terminal. Envision Digital has developed a Smart Grid Management System (SGMS), which includes solar power generation facilities and battery storage systems, and is controlled and managed by the company's EnOS control platform.

The Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA) said recently that the Smart Grid Management System (SGMS) will be used to manage the flow of electricity at the site, where power demand fluctuates widely due to the use of heavy logistics equipment such as cranes. The EnOS software platform will use machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to predict the energy demand of the terminal in real time.

Singapore's Energy Market Authority (EMA) claims this will enable both short- and long-term planning for the port's energy use, while reducing carbon footprint and energy costs.

Lessons learned from the project may also inform plans for the construction of Singapore's new Tuas port, which is targeted to be completed after 2040 and will be the world's largest fully automated terminal.

Jeanette Lim, Director of Industry Development, Energy Market Authority (EMA), Singapore, said, “As electrification increases, electricity demand will grow over the next decade. The adoption of innovative demand-side technologies, such as smart energy management systems and energy storage systems, will Helps us optimize energy supply and grid capacity."

Battery energy storage systems will help mitigate peak demand on on-site energy systems, just as the adoption of batteries at electric vehicle charging stations increases the availability of electricity for multiple users to quickly charge vehicles, while protecting the grid from peak demand.

It will also be a multi-application battery energy storage system that will sometimes participate in the Singapore National Electricity Market when not managing and meeting the electricity needs of Pasir Panjang Terminal. By providing ancillary services, it will generate revenue and further support the local grid.

The project can also serve as a commercial and industrial (C&I) battery energy storage system and its capacity validation to help businesses reduce electricity usage during peak periods, thereby saving electricity costs and providing ancillary services to the market.

Energy storage is a key factor for sustainable economic growth in Singapore

The energy storage project will count towards Singapore's Energy Market Authority (EMA)'s goal of deploying at least 200MW of energy storage systems by 2025. Singapore's first large-scale battery energy storage system (2.4MW/2.4MWh) was supplied and deployed by Wärtsilä in October 2020 and participated in the wholesale market to reduce peak demand on the grid.

The Energy Market Authority of Singapore (EMA) has developed a programme called Accelerated Deployment of Energy Storage in Singapore (ACCESS), through which, along with initiatives such as the Smart Port Project, the agency conducts tenders to build, own and operate in Singapore 200MW/200MWh battery energy storage system.

The project was awarded the contract to Sembcorp, a Singapore-based engineering services group, through a tender. As industry media reported in June, Sembcorp is deploying the battery storage system on Jurong Island, which is home to most of Singapore's industrial activity and is being transformed into a future energy and chemical industry hub.

Through Singapore's National Green Plan 2030, launched in early 2021, Singapore sees solar energy as key to its sustainable development and to fulfilling its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. The Singapore government and the Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA) have identified energy storage systems as a key factor driving the move.

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