Singapore, the smallest country from the ASEAN Member States, recently has become its leader in research and development (R&D) in renewable energy sector.
The country generated 256.8 MW of energy from waste until the first quarter of 2018. This put Singapore in the first place of ASEAN Member States with the highest waste-to-energy capacity. Having a high solar potential, Singapore’s official target is to raise solar capacity to 350 MW by 2020. The country is well on the way to its goal. Thus, its solar capacity reached 183.4 MWp in 2018.
A Singapore’s renewable energy R&D project, the floating solar plant at Tengeh Reservoir, won the ASEAN Energy Awards last year. This kind of solar project can be a perfect option for countries with small territory. In February, a two-year trial of using both waste water sludge and food waste to generate biogas has shown successful results. This invention will be applied to contribute to the electricity mix of Tuas Nexus Power Plant in 2025.
These R&D efforts and achievements of Singapore will help other ASEAN Member States meeting their collective renewable energy target. To recap, ASEAN Plan of Actions for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) 2016 – 2025 set a regional target to increase renewable energy’s share of the Association’s energy mix to 23% by 2025.