Energy & Rapid Transit Hub
The Energy & Rapid Transit Hub aspires to be a Centre of Excellence in learning and development of latest technologies in renewable energy, energy efficiency, electrical power systems, green transportation and rapid transit system
About the Tech hub
The Energy & Rapid Transit Hub is equipped with solar and wind power stations and modern smart power networks (microgrids and smart grid) to provide students with a platform on which they can learn and build up capabilities and skills in the design, operation and maintenance of various energy systems through hands-on exercises or final year projects. The hub also has a Rail System Simulator that is designed to train and equip students with technical skills and competencies for the relevant functions of the railway operations. The simulator covers various technical operations, maintenance and management of rail transit system including train control system, signal & communication system, traction power system and integrated control system.
The hub seeks collaboration with industry and academic/research institutes in joint R&D and industry projects involving staff/students to improve competencies in the area of renewable energy applications, energy efficiency, microgrids, smart grid, green transportation, rapid transit technology, etc. In addition, the hub also provide customised courses to retrain and upgrade manpower for electrical power and renewable energy industries.
Capabilities and Technical Services
The hub specialise in R&D and applied projects in the following technology areas:
- Consultancies in power and energy systems and green transportation
- Project development in emerging technologies in the areas of solar photovoltaic, wind energy, microgrids and smart grids, electrical power systems, green transportation systems, rapid transit technologies, etc.
Backed by the vast experience of the members, the centres have been providing technical consultation, training, seminars and project collaboration to the local government, education institutions, businesses and industry.
The Energy & Rapid Transit Hub promotes a wide array of applied R&D projects undertaken by students and staff. Some of the achievements and past projects are shown below:
- DC Microgrid System for Smart Grid Performance Enhancement
This is Singapore government (EMA) funded R&D project in collaboration with Singapore Power SP PowerGrid Ltd. The project aims to develop an intelligent, modularly designed grid-connected DC microgrid control system. Such a system minimizes the negative impact of the distributed renewable energy that are generated from solar PVs and wind turbines, and enhances smart grid performance in terms of system efficiency, stability and reliability through the developed smart power management units and system controllers.
MicroGrid system, a modern concept for a small-scale localized electricity generation and distribution system, has been developed and operated by students in SP. The system, integrating different energy sources and energy storages, is able to operate in two different modes: "island" mode" and "grid-connected" mode to provide both 240 VAC and 24 VDC electrical power in a lab setup.
This is Singapore government (MOE) funded R&D project in collaboration with ST Kinetics Ltd. The project aims to develop a standalone mobile power network management system that is capable of integrating multiple small generator sets as well as small renewable energy resources. This is done through smart controls with power electronics-based converters, resulting in a mobile microgrid power system with high power capacity and energy efficiency.
This is an SP Iconic Project funded fully by Singapore Polytechnic. The project aims to develop IOT technologies with emphasis on energy efficiency. Solutions under development include real-time tracking of electrical power consumption and environmental conditions like temperature, humidity, CO2 in a workspace. Based on these data collected, a climate control system is under development to optimise energy consumption.
- Development of an Integrated Solar Photovoltaic-thermal (PVT) Module for the Tropics
This is Singapore government (MOE/EDB) funded R&D project in collaboration with Grenzone Pte Ltd and NUS. The project aims to design and develop a novel and compact PVT collector and its smart management system that integrates solar PV and solar thermal systems to achieve improved overall energy efficiency and energy density.
- 4.6kW Solar-Wind-Hybrid Standalone System
This system is for research on solar and wind hybrid operation. It is composed of the following: 2.1kW solar PV system, 2.5kW wind generator and energy storage. The system converts both solar and wind energy into electrical energy for electrical appliances in the laboratory or is stored in the battery bank.
- 19.2kW Grid-connected Solar Photovoltaic System
This system is to study the performance of a PV system connected to the power grid. It consists of four 4.8kW mono-crystalline solar PV systems. The systems are connected to a low voltage grid and supply the power to the teaching blocks. The system has been operating successfully since its installation.
- 48.88kW Solar Photovoltaic Test Bed (EDB CERT project)
The test bed consists of two different systems: one with 10 different PV technologies and another with 13 different installations. The main objectives of this EDB project are to study the performance of various PV technologies in the tropical region and to investigate the impact of different installations on the energy yield of PV system in Singapore.
- Various Green Transportation Projects
The Rail System Simulator is equipped with
- Scaled-down train model system
- Simulated Operation Control Centre (OCC) environment
- Simulating field equipment and status
- Fault simulation and troubleshooting of systems
The simulator provides an authentic platform to train students with knowledge and application skills in identifying main features and functions of various systems including.
- Signalling and interlocking
- Route setting
- Train tracking and identification
- Timetable management
- Traffic regulation
- Driver information
The hub has worked with the following partners:
- Economic Development Board (EDB)
- Energy Market Authority (EMA)
- Land Transport Authority (LTA)
- National Environment Agency (NEA)
- National University of Singapore (NUS)
- Nanyang Technology of University (NTU)
- University of New South Wales, Australia
- SP Group
- ST Kinetics Ltd
- ABB Singapore Pte Ltd
- Grenzone Pte Ltd
- Sanyo Asia Pte Ltd
Courses and Seminars
The hub has conducted courses and seminars in the following areas:
- Solar Photovoltaics – NEA training programme
- Wind energy system – NEA training programme
- Design of Photovoltaic System – WSQ training course
- Maintenance of photovoltaic system – WSQ training course
- Electrical supply, Transmission and Distribution – MFA Asian training course
Mr Goh Say Seng
Deputy Director & Tech Hub Leader
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Phone: 6870 6199
Fax: 6772 1974