French energy giant ENGIE opens first Southeast Asia lab for green energy research in Singapore

| Urban Solutions & Sustainability

On 11 July 2016, French energy giant ENGIE, formerly known as GDF Suez, launched its first research centre in Asia-Pacific, with a focus on green energy in Singapore as the group shifts towards renewable energy in a three-year strategy.

[Left to Right]: Mr Etienne Drouet, ENGIE Lab Singapore Director; Prof Lam Khin Yong, Chief of Staff and Vice-President for Research, NTU; Miss Isabelle Kocher, CEO of ENGIE; EDB Chairman Dr. Beh Swan Gin; Prof Subodh Mhaisalkar, Executive Director of Energy Research at NTU; Mr Raphael Schoentgen, Director of Research and Technology, ENGIE, at the launch of ENGIE Lab Singapore, its first Southeast Asia lab for green energy research.

Photo Credit: Bernard Blez, Vice-President of CRIGEN R&D Centre

ENGIE Lab Singapore will focus on three areas it has identified as key challenges for Southeast Asia - microgrids, industrial energy efficiency and gas technologies. Decentralised energy systems are a solution especially in South-east Asia, which comprises small islands that use diesel for power generation; the region also hosts industrial sectors that carry big carbon footprints. The Singapore lab will have a research budget of 200 million euros (S$298 million) each year, and hire 10 staff over the next three years.

ENGIE Lab Singapore is the latest addition to the strong international R&D network of the Group, which now includes 11 high-level research centres called “ENGIE Labs”, with a total of 1,100 researchers and experts worldwide. It is part of “ENGIE Tech”, the new businesses factory of the Group, created in June 2016 and will help position ENGIE for the future-energy economy.

The establishment of ENGIE Lab Singapore follows two years of successful collaboration in the region. Since September 2014, ENGIE has already developed a strong partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) through its energy laboratory “ERI@N”. Both parties signed a joint lab agreement on various research and academic training topics and are working on new ways to lead the energy transition through a series of innovative projects, such as:

  • PowerZee, a gaming app involving students to reduce energy consumption on NTU campus
  • Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator (REIDS) program, the largest micro-grid demonstration platform in tropical area
  • IoT open innovation challenge for the cities of tomorrow
  • Advanced monitoring and analytics systems for gas pipelines

With more than 1,600 employees already in Singapore spanning activities in power generation, energy services, energy trading, LNG and research, the formal opening of ENGIE Lab Singapore paves the way for further green energy developments in Singapore and the region and further partnerships in the field of low-carbon technologies and innovation.

Press Release and Speech
- 11 July 2016

French energy giant ENGIE opens first Southeast Asia lab for green energy research in Singapore