The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is
embarking on a solar photovoltaic (PV) test-bed project, to convert
electricity from direct sunlight, at Singapore’s Budget Terminal (BT).
A tender for the project was issued this week
for interested bidders to submit their proposals. The project,
which will take place from around June 2009 to mid 2010, aims to
provide an alternate source of clean and sustainable energy at the
BT to supplement the terminal’s main power supply and reduce
The solar PV system will be installed
at the BT Departure Hall’s rooftop. The system involves the installation
of PV panels on the rooftop to capture sunlight during daytime.
The solar PV system converts sunlight into electricity and is
estimated to generate about 281,000 kilowatt hour of energy per
year which translates into an estimated electrical cost savings of
around Sin$60,000 per year.
Mr Lim Kim Choon, CAAS
Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This solar
PV system project is part of our efforts to make Changi Airport
more environmental-friendly. We are on the look-out for
opportunities to adopt new technologies to reduce energy costs. In
addition, through this project, we hope to be able to
contribute to the research efforts of Singapore’s clean energy
industry by enabling research organisations to make use of the
extensive weather and electrical data generated from our solar
PV system for their research studies.”
The solar PV project
at the BT is part of Singapore’s Clean Energy Research and
Test-Bedding (CERT) programme launched by the Economic
Development Board and Clean Energy Programme Office in August
In collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic (SP), who is
the lead research organisation under the CERT programme, CAAS
will make available all environmental data such as wind speed,
ambient temperature, relative humidity, temperature of solar
module etc as well as electrical data such as voltage, current,
energy etc pertaining to the solar PV system for SP’s research
studies on the performance of PV technology under tropical climate
for the promotion of clean energy usage.
The tender closes on
19 March 2009.
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