EPGC and Hitachi estimate an increase in energy efficiency from 36 percent with just a generator, to 52 percent with the implementation of this integrated system.
Associate Professor Ashwin M Khambadkone, Programme Director of EPGC said, "With the commissioning of the advanced CHP pilot plant, EPGC is able to provide a platform to further research in energy efficiency in buildings.
Coupled with Hitachi's expertise in optimised energy-saving air conditioning control technologies and EPGC's microgrid technologies, we are sure that the pilot plant will create new cutting-edge and valuable technologies for buildings, factories and community.
The EPGC is a programme under A*STAR's Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, with the mission to undertake research and development activities in defined core areas for intelligent and decentralised power distribution, interconnection and utilisation.
At the opening today, A*STAR's EPGC signed a research collaboration agreement with SP PowerGrid and three MOUs respectively with Housing Development Board (HDB), Meidensha Corporation Japan and National Instruments.
"SP PowerGrid is pleased to work with EPGC, a leading research institute in electricity grid-related technologies, to explore and develop new smart grid technologies that are robust and yet cost-effective for our operations," said Sim Kwong Mian, Managing Director, SP PowerGrid.
HDB is another local partner that is leveraging EPGC's R&D capabilities to jointly explore the integration of renewable energy for public housing.
Beyond local partners, EPGC has also attracted the interest of international companies like National Instruments and Meidensha.
As Singapore moves towards its goal of becoming Asia's Innovation Capital, the EPGC will provide an innovative research platform for public-private partnerships in the emerging area of energy technologies.
When completed in 2011, the EPGC research facility will be the first experimental smart grid research facility of its kind in South-east Asia.
Commenting on the R&D conducted at the centre, Associate Professor Ashwin Khambadkone, ProgrammeDirector, EPGC said: "Our activities will be positioned upstream, towards the research and development of new technologies with a view to commercialisation in the future.
Dr Keith Carpenter, Executive Director of A*STAR's Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES), where the facilityis located, added: "The EPGC is proof of the Singapore government's serious effort to contribute to the future of smart energy systems.