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SPECS is pleased to bring members to the following workshops, networking events & conferences to equip members with skills and knowledge. This platform aims to propel Singapore's power industry to be a technology leader.

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Large Scale Aggregation of Prosumers in Energy Communities

A novel scalable and privacy-preserving distributed parallel optimization that allows the participation of large-scale aggregation of prosumers with residential PV-battery systems in the market for the ancillary service (ASM) is proposed in this paper. To consider both reserve capacity and reserve energy, day-ahead and real-time stages in the ASM are considered. A method, based on hybrid Variable Neighbourhood Search (VNS) and distributed parallel optimization is designed for the day ahead and real-time optimization. Different distributed optimization methods are compared and designed, and a new distributed optimization method based on Linear Programming (LP) is designed that overcomes previous methods based on integer and Quadratic programming (QP). The proposed LP-based optimization can be easily coded up and implemented on microcontrollers and connected to a designed Internet of Things (IoT) based architecture. Both day-ahead and real-time proposed optimization methods, by allocating the computational effort among
local resources, are highly scalable and fulfil the privacy of prosumers.

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IEEE PES - SPECS Joint Webinar “Energy Grid Analytics” Roundtable

Date: Coming Soon

The IEEE Power & Energy Society Singapore Local Chapter (IEEE PES) and the Smart Grid and Power Electronics Consortium Singapore (SPECS) are jointly organizing a one (01) hour real-time webinar for academia, students and industry energy practitioners on Energy Grid Analytics. Some of the best industry practitioners and academia will share their insights on the current innovation and state-of-the-art best practices. 

At the end of the webinar, the attendees will gain advanced knowledge in the area of energy grid analytics, the current best practices and future state-of-the-art.

Past, Present and Future of National Electricity Market of Singapore


Date: Coming Soon

For SPECS Members

7-hour Workshop Objectives

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the evolvement of NEMS since January 2003 in response to changes in needs of generation companies and consumers, development of new and advanced technologies, climate change concerns and collaboration among ASEAN nations on energy security

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the challenges and opportunities in NEMS and how innovative smart grid solutions or power electronics technologies may apply

an understanding of the fundamental principles, objectives, unique feature of National Electricity Market of Singapore (NEMS)

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SPECS aims to support SIEW 2021

(More details coming)

Date: Coming Soon


Past Events

SPECS Workshops, Networking Events & Conferences


Planetary Sessions

Prof. LOW Teck Seng

National Research Foundation, Singapore

Prof. Hirofumi Akagi
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Prof. Ron S.Y. Hui
University of Hong Kong and Imperial College London

Prof. Frede Blaabjerg
Aalborg Universitet

Dr. Thomas REINDL
National University of Singapore

Nine (09) advanced tutorials

For the list of nine (09) advanced tutorials on power electronics, visit link below for detail information

Industry Round Table

Power Electronics as a Key Enabler for Future Grids

for members to 
network with professionals and academia

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sBC-Ul-SPECS Partnership

19 May 2021

9am - 11am hour

SBC-UL Masterclass: Introduction of Standards for Energy Storage Systems


JTC - SPECS Virtual Event

12 May 2021 2-3pm

RFI briefing proivdes better insights to Revenue Tender for Punggol Digital District Smart Grid for SPECS members.

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IEEE PES Webinar Series 

SPECS co-sponsor IEEE PES Webinar Series on 21 April 2021 2pm - 3pm

IEEE PES Singapore local chapter and SPECS bring members of both organization PES lecture series on Making Electric Vehicle and the Grid Work

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SPECS co-sponsor IEEE PES Webinar Series on 20 April 2021 9am - 10am

IEEE PES Singapore local chapter and SPECS bring members of both organization PES lecture series on Experiences and Learned Lessons from an Air Free-Cooled Tropical Data Centre Testbed

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Energy Workshop: Paradigm shift from oil to natural gas in power generation
Published on: 22 April 2021

In the past, power generation in Singapore was mostly from oil-fired Steam Turbine Generators (STG). However, since the arrival of Natural Gas, there was a major shift from STG to Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT). In these series of workshops, the participants will learn the paradigm shift of types of power stations in Singapore, types of fuel used, types of gas supply in Singapore, what is Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission and how can Green Energy be implemented in Singapore.


Many thanks to Cooling Lab for sharing power generation know-how with SPECS members

This ½ day workshop will provide a good perspective of the diversification of fuel sources for Singapore’s power generation. After attended the workshop, participants will have a better understanding on:

1. Rational of the major shifts from oil to natural gas for electricity generation in Singapore.

2. Fundamental change from STG to CCGT power plants.

3. Understanding the paradigm shift and its impact for the electricity supply in Singapore.

4. Understanding the resilient of the natural gas supply and Singapore approach on the diversification of natural gas supply to keep the lights on.

5. Future green energy.

SPECS Energy Workshop
22 April 2021

Paradigm shift from oil to natural gas in power generation

This workshop will give an overview of the oil-fired STG power plant and gas-fired CCGT power plant. The paradigm shift to more efficient gas turbines after the arrival of natural gas is discussed. There is a concern of the resilient of the natural gas supply and also the risks of gas supply continuity which needs to consider. Lastly, there is a decision to switch to LNG which requires new infrastructure of LNG Terminal.

This talk is suitable for engineers, managers and entrepreneurs who wish to have some basic understanding of the electricity and gas supply in Singapore; and areas where there are business opportunities.


Venue:  NTU@OneNorth Function Hall 1, Level 1

SPECS 2-Day IP Management & IP Commercialisation Workshop

Thanks to IPI Singapore for spending two (02) days with SPECS members, delivering world class workshop by facilitators with deep experience.

SPECS Programme Office worked with IPI Singapore to deliver a customised 2-Day IP Workshop for SPECS members to enhance the member companies' business competitiveness and to gain market share through IP adoption. 

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Published on: 11th March 2021 & 18th March 2021

About IPI Singapore


IPI is an innovation catalyst that creates opportunities for enterprises to grow beyond boundaries.

As a subsidiary of Enterprise Singapore, IPI accelerates the innovation process of enterprises through access to its global innovation ecosystem and advisory services.

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05 March 2021 (Virtual)

0900 - 1700 hour

SWA and SPECS aim to bring a networking platform for members from both organization together to learn industrial energy efficiency for Waste Water Treatment Plants in Singapore.


The objective of this course is to introduce pumps, electrical drives, prime movers and their control systems. It shares how the critical equipment can be made to work at maximum efficiency and to help reduce carbon footprint. The course will cover the most common types of motors, electrical drives and asset management principles. By doing so, participants will receive important knowledge and tools to optimize cost, risk and performance.


Participants are expected to understand different types of commonly used motors and their working principles The course will also cover prime movers which are used to drive the electric motors in the most efficient manner Lastly, participants are expected to understand the importance of asset management in improving plant efficiency, reduce maintenance cost and improve profitability.


This course targets engineers and plant managers who want to understand how electrical drives improve the efficiencies of pumps used in wastewater treatment plants. The course is particularly targeted to help participants improve the efficiency of their plant and to reduce running costs by adopting proper asset management tools.

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IEEE Power & Energy Society - SPECS Joint Webinar

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21 December 2020 7:30pm to 9pm (Zoom)

Building a Sustainable Startup: Challenges and Opportunities

With COVID19 and safe distancing in place, IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Singapore Local Chapter is unable to organize our annual dinner physically this year. To adjust to the current situation, we will be organizing our annual get-together virtually. This year, we will replace the entertainment segment with a sharing on “Building a Sustainable Startup: Challenges and Opportunities”. As in previous years, we will provide updates on our Chapter’s activities and present the Outstanding Volunteer Award.

IEEE Power & Energy Society - SPECS Joint Webinar

21 December 2020 7:30pm to 9pm (Zoom)

Building a Sustainable Startup: Challenges and Opportunities

The sharing on “Building a Sustainable Startup: Challenges and Opportunities” is co-organised with the Smart Grid & Power Electronics Consortium Singapore (SPECS). SPECS is a national consortium that is hosted at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). It will enable companies to work with publicly-funded Institute of Higher Learning researchers to translate intellectual property around Energy Grid 2.0 technologies into solutions for deployment and commercialisation. The consortium will focus on areas in advanced power electronics such as solid state transformers, energy management systems such as load and generation balancing, and cybersecurity. Technologies in these areas will help to achieve energy savings, and support a smarter grid system that is secure and resilient. Through academic-industry collaborations, SPECS will enable companies to access these technologies and translate them into commercially-viable products and services.



Published on: 29 October 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.


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IECON 2020 - 46th IEEE Annual Conference 

Published on: 18 to 21 October 2020

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Committee Site Visit @ 2017 to bid for IECON 2020 hosting in Singapore

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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.


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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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Committee Site Visit in 2017 to bid for IECON 2020 hosting in Singapore

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The IECON 2020 was held from 18 to 21 October 2020 as a virtual event. The Conference was co-organized by IEEE Industrial Electronics Society IEEE Industrial Electronics Chapter of Singapore, the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, and IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. It was supported by Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. 

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Published on: 31 August 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

 Published: 25 November 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.

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In Conjunction with 4th IEEE International Future Energy Electronics Conference

(IFEEC 2019)

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.

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IFEEC 2019 on 25 November 2019

Industry Day and Ports' Synergy for SPECS Members

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.

SPECS Technical Workshop 2019

31 October 2019 @ Suntec City

SPECS members convened at Suntec City on 31 Oct 2019 to share the state-of-the-art technologies in smart grid and advanced power electronics.

SPECS Technical Committee and SPECS programme office facilitated the sessions with active participation from members.


Energy Grid 2.0 Roundtable @ Singapore International Energy Week

Published on: 01 November 2019

On the 01 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 @ Singapore International Energy Week

Published on: 31 October 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.

SIEW 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 October 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.

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.

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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 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."

Official Launch of SPECS and CoolestSG Consortium

Published on: 09 April 2019

On 09 April 2019, the Smart Grid and 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.

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National Techology Consortia

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. 

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