May 2013 – Phoenix Solar has successfully connected to the grid the first floating photovoltaic (PV) system in Southeast Asia. The 5kWp system is a pilot project located in the Pond Gardens of Bishan Park. The project is a privately funded collaboration led by Phoenix Solar with the gracious cooperation of the National Parks Board. The solar modules are manufactured in Singapore and donated by REC Modules Pte Ltd.
The floating PV installation uses 20 REC Peak Energy Series solar modules, fixed at a 10 degree angle and placed on interlocking UV-resistant floating structures. The system is anchored to the lake bed at four points, with the current produced by the panels sent to land via marine-grade submersible cables. Read more
Singapore, 12 April 2012 – Leading regional industrial enterprise, Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) (JJSEA), has completed an ambitious S$400,000 project to install solar panels on its MHE-Demag facility in Tuas.
The photovoltaic panels were installed in the factory as part of JJSEA’s journey towards carbon neutrality. It took three months to complete the installation, from planning to commissioning. The solar panels are projected to generate 154 MWh of electricity a year, allowing JJSEA to recoup its investment within 10 years.
Installation contractor Phoenix Solar designed and installed the system. Their Managing Director, Christophe Inglin said “among our industrial clients, this project provides the largest contribution to a company’s energy consumption. The 522 REC Peak Energy series solar PV modules will supply 20% of the factory’s energy needs and mitigate 77 metric tonnes per year of CO2 from Singapore’s gas-fired power stations. The 20-year old factory is also the oldest facility that Phoenix Solar has installed solar panels on.” Read more
The annual Clean Energy Expo Asia (CEEA) 2011 Trade Fair is held at Suntec Singapore from 1 to 3 Nov. This year’s CEEA Trade Fair hosts about 170 exhibiting companies from 26 countries, with 6 country pavilions from Canada, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Switzerland. Exhibitors showcase clean energy solutions including solar energy, energy efficiency, biomass, biogas, biofuel, and electric vehicles.
Here are some photos of exhibits at the Trade Fair: Read more
Solar energy systems are often hailed as one of the more viable renewable energy sources for sunny Singapore. Given that solar module prices are rapidly falling, Singapore will surely reach grid parity in the near future. Grid parity refers to the point where the cost of solar power is equivalent to the cost of electricity generated from conventional fossil fuel power plants. Grid parity could result in an explosion in solar system implementation as consumers and businesses begin to see it as a cost-effective alternative to traditional sources of electricity.
At the Clean Energy Expo Asia 2011 Conference, one of the sessions covered Solar Power Technology with a focus on certain technical considerations that must be factored in when implementing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The session was moderated by Mr Christophe Inglin, Managing Director, Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, and included speakers, Mr Horst Kruse, Director Sales Photovoltaics Asia, SCHOTT Solar AG, and Dr Jiang Fan, Manger of Technology Centre of Energy Conservation, Singapore Polytechnic. In particular, Mr Kruse focused on the tropicalization of PV modules and Dr Jiang focused on the effect of partial shading. Read more
The second Clean Energy Expo Asia Trade Fair and Conference was officially opened today by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources. Clean Energy Expo Asia is jointly organized by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) and Koelnmesse, and is part of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW). This year, there are more than 170 exhibitors, over 115 international speakers and about 5,000 participants from over 40 countries, in the Technology, Services, Finance and Government sectors. There is a 30% increase in participation from last year and the exhibition space at the Trade Fair has also doubled. Read more
There has been great interest in solar energy in Singapore over the past few years. To understand more about solar energy technologies, issues and trends, we have the privilege of interviewing Mr Christophe Inglin, Managing Director of Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd.
About Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd
Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd (Phoenix Solar) is the Singapore subsidiary of Germany-based Phoenix Solar AG. The company designs, engineers and installs solar photovoltaic power systems for grid-connected and off-grid applications. Since it started operations here in early 2007, Phoenix Solar has secured contracts for over 400kWp of PV systems in Singapore, Malaysia and China. Read more