Singapore announces SGD49M for low carbon energy research

James Kon

The Government of Singapore on Monday announced a SGD49 million Low-Carbon Energy Research Funding Initiative at the Singapore International Energy Week 2020.

The funding is set to support research, development and demonstration projects in low-carbon energy technologies such as hydrogen; and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) over the next five years.

The announcement of the multimillion funding for low-carbon energy research was made by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing during his speech at the 13th edition of the Singapore International Energy Week.

The latest efforts by the Singaporean government aimed to accelerate the technical and economic viability of such emerging technologies to reduce Singapore’s carbon emissions, particularly emissions intensive areas such as the power and industrial sectors.

Chan Chun Sing said, “Hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilisation and storage, are promising technologies that have the potential to transform Singapore’s energy landscape and help us achieve our long-term emissions-reduction goals. This new funding initiative strengthens our current efforts, and will accelerate our transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.”

Research projects could include technologies that enable the effective capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from low-concentration emission sources in the industrial and power sectors, and to convert CO2 into useful products such as building materials, reclamation sand and synthetic fuels. Test beds for emerging technologies, such as the blending of low-carbon hydrogen with natural gas in combined cycle gas turbines, will reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation. These testbeds could yield insights in applying low carbon technologies in Singapore’s context, and facilitate future deployment.

This funding initiative is a multi-agency involving the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). It will be co-driven by EDB and EMA to ensure projects are relevant to the industrial and power sectors, with A*STAR as the implementing agency on behalf of the
Singapore government.

Singaporean Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing with Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor at an MoU signing for cooperation on low-emissions solutions. PHOTO: ENERGY MARKET AUTHORITY