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Upcoming Events

IEEE 12th Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition-2021 (ECCE Asia 2021)

SPECS is an official technical sponsor of ECCE Asia 2021

Date: 24-27 May 2021

2021 IEEE 12th Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition – Asia (ECCE-Asia 2021) is the pivotal international conference and exposition event on electrical and electromechanical energy conversion field which feature both industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, as expositions. ECCE-Asia 2021 brings together practising engineers, researchers and other professionals for interactive and multidisciplinary discussions on the latest advances in various areas related to energy conversion.The conference theme is “Power Electronics and renewable energy for sustainable development”. The Conference focuses on the latest technologies, strategies and challenges that are faced by power Electronics systems.”


IECON 2020- 46th IEEE Annual Conference 

IECON 2020 is the 46th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES), focusing on contemporary industry topics ranging from electronics, controls, manufacturing, to communications and computational intelligence.

IECON is the flagship annual conference of IES and returns to Singapore for the first time after 1988. It aims to create a forum for scientists and practising engineers throughout the world to present the latest research findings and ideas in the areas of Industrial Electronics, and possible contributions toward sustainable development and environment preservation.

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Past Events


Date: 29th Oct 2020

Smart Grid and Power Electronics Consortium Singapore (SPECS) with the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) as part of the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) in conjunction with Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW 2020) is organizing the Grid Technology Use Cases Roundtable on the 29th October 2020 at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre which will focus on grid technology commercialization. The foremost academic & industry experts will present on how Institutes of Higher Learnings (IHLs) & Research Institutes (RIs) intellectual property (IP) & know-how transfer has accelerated both research and business outcomes.

Recording here:

Slides available for download here 



RCA signing between T-RECs & SPECS

Published on: 31-Aug-2020

An NTU research team comprising of Asst. Prof. Xu Yan, Dr.Akhil Joseph, and Dr.Loh Wai Kuan are working on a company, funded project “Development & Deployment of Intelligent Energy Management Software for Cost-effective and Energy Efficient Operation of PV and Battery System”. The project aims to develop software that will be able to manage and optimize electricity costs from electrical systems containing both solar PVs and batteries. This exciting project places NTU and ERI@N at the forefront of helping companies to meet their technology development needs.


SPECS Industry Day and Ports' Synergy in Conjunction with 4th IEEE International Future Energy Electronics Conference IFEEC 2019 

Published on: 25-Nov-2019

In conjunction with IFEEC 2019, the Smart Grid Power Electronics Consortium of Singapore (SPECS) hosted the very first SPECS Industry Day with Innovative Ports' Synergy for consortium members. 

Presenting at Industry Day were five technology companies: Accenture, Smartmesh,, Oyika, and Whizpace presented on the energy status quo and their energy innovations. The audience, SPECS consortium members, government agencies and end-users were treated to a wide spectrum of energy technologies from wireless communications, renewable energy certification to batteries. Sharing about their technological journeys, it was relayed to the listening audience about how innovative technologies could solve many of the problems energy end-users face. By connecting these companies with a larger audience, the consortium hopes that we will be able to take one more step towards creating a clean and green energy future.


Following Industry Day was Innovative Ports' Synergy, a unique business opportunity roundtable that connects SPECS companies with end-users. For our first iteration, we were delighted to have representatives from Changi Airport Group, Jurong Port and PSA to discuss their future initiatives. SPECS members listened closely as the ports talked about electrification, the use of smart technologies, green technology efforts that all aim to make Singapore's ports greener and more efficient. Through these efforts, we hope that companies will be able to work together with the three ports to develop meaningful solutions that can contribute to the future of Singapore.


Grid 2.0 Roundtable

Published on: 1st November 2019

On the 1st November 2019, the SPECS Programme Office hosted prominent speakers in the local energy scene to speak on Grid 2.0, the future of the electricity grid. SPECS members were invited to listen to representatives from SembCorp, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Accenture, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University.

The experts spoke on how Grid 2.0 would change the Singapore energy landscape. The grid will be increasingly digitalized, and this represents an opportunity for SPECS companies to ride on the wave of transformation facing the energy industry.


ACEPT 2019

Published on: 31-Oct-2019

The Smart Grid Power Electronics Consortium of Singapore (SPECS) in conjunction with the 4th Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification (ACEPT), part of the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) located at Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW 2019), brought together world-leading experts from industry and academia presenting on emerging topics on energy, power, transportation electrification, smartgrid, advanced power electronics using wide bandgap devices (e.g. solid state transformers) and microgrids. The conference was held on 31 October 2019.

The Smart Grid & Power Electronics Consortium was honored to have Think Smartgrids our associate partner from France presenting at the event. Think Smartgrids is an association that gathers French smart grids stakeholders to drive smart grids projects in France. SPECS members can look forward to working with the French ecosystem to takes their businesses to the next level.


Virtual Power Plant

Published on: 10-Oct-2019

Singapore is developing its first virtual power plant (VPP) to link and coordinate energy resources, including solar installations and energy storage systems.


The VPP will bring about greater flexibility and scalability to the power grid, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Sembcorp Industries said in a joint statement yesterday.

It will also allow for more clean and distributed energy resources like solar to be integrated into Singapore's energy mix.

The EMA and Sembcorp have jointly awarded a grant to Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to develop Singapore's first VPP, which is targeted for completion by 2022.

The project will be headed by Dr Koh Liang Mong of the Energy Research Institute @ NTU.

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The grant, which was awarded on Monday, is part of a $10 million partnership between the EMA and Sembcorp that was renewed last year to develop new capabilities in Singapore's energy sector. The size of the grant was not disclosed.


Energy fluctuations due to intermittent solar power could be automatically balanced out by the VPP, the EMA and Sembcorp said. The system will also be equipped with demand forecasting and optimisation algorithms that take into account Singapore's power grid and market conditions.


The two organisations added that the VPP could also enhance the resilience of Singapore's power grid, as the distributed layout of the system would enable faults to be quickly isolated, limiting loss of power to users.


EMA chief executive Ngiam Shih Chun said: "The energy landscape is changing and we need solutions that support our economic growth while safeguarding our environment at the same time."


Solutions like the VPP will help Singapore integrate cleaner energy sources into our system, he noted.


Mr Matthew Friedman, chief digital officer at Sembcorp, said in a statement: "A virtual power plant will benefit Singapore through aggregation of renewable and energy storage resources to more efficiently meet the energy and sustainability needs of the nation."

SPECS Workshop with Technology Development Center at Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Central

Published on: 23-Aug-2019

The Smart Grid Power Electronics Consortium of Singapore is helping to bring companies and institutes of higher learning together.

On the 23rd of August, SPECS in collaboration with the Technology Development Center co-organized a workshop for SPECS consortium members. The workshop featured presentations from Singapore's polytechnics: Ngee Ann, Singapore, Nanyang, and Temasek Polytechnic. The IHLs introduced their latest energy technologies to members and engaged them in a lively discussion about the technology use cases and how they could be applied to their business and development needs. Rounding up the day was a tour of the Technology Development Center where members could see the testing facilities available that could help to meet their development needs.  Overall, it was a meaningful day for SPECS members to learn about new technologies and facilities. 

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CoolestSG and SPECS Consortium launch 

Published on: 9th April 2019

On 9th April 2019, the Smart Grid Power Electronics Consortium Singapore (SPECS) and CoolestSG national energy consortiums were officially launched at the National Research Foundation (NRF). The launch commemorates the official commencement of operations for the two energy consortia first announced at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2018. 

SPECS serves as a networking platform, to inform industry on the latest research and competencies across IHLs and RIs entities. Through academic-industry collaboration, SPECS will enable companies to access the latest technologies developed by these researchers, and translate them into commercially-viable products and services. 


The official launch was attended by more than seventy energy professionals from IHLs, private companies and the government sector. The consortia were launched to bring together and create synergies between these parties to develop Singapore’s energy capabilities to prepare us for the future of energy.

During the launch, guests were invited to a panel session featuring some of Singapore’s distinguished energy professionals. Panelists were quizzed on all sorts of aspects of energy from technology, policy and future trends allowing for good exchange of dialogue and learning.

The day’s events concluded with a lunch reception and poster presentations. The poster presentations were carried out by the IHLs and featured some of their own developed energy technology. Technologies in the domains of energy efficiency, renewable energy, autonomous vehicles, and solid state transformers were featured during the event. 

25th January SPECS x REIDS Workshop

Published on: 25-Jan-2019

On the 25th January 2019, the Smart Grid & Power Electronics Consortium of Singapore (SPECS) co-organized with the Renewable Energy Integrator Demonstrator of Singapore a workshop for members of both programs. 

Members were invited to a special session that talked about the future of grids. The session not only covered technological insights but also the latest on-goings in the energy business. We were delighted to have SPECS members such as IESVE and NUS to present at the session on energy storage systems and Grid 2.0. Members of both programs were then treated to a lunch networking event where they mingled with one another to exchange ideas and discuss possible business collaborations. It was certainly a productive day of sharing and creating new ideas for the upcoming energy industry.

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