3 Weird Ways to Generate Electricity! (Part 1 of 3)
Solar energy is all the rage these days, and in sunny Singapore, it is fast becoming one of the most viable alternative methods to producing electricity, so much so that the Singapore Government has aimed to one day have solar power meet 15 per cent of peak electricity demand during the day.
However, solar energy is only 1 of the myriad of ways electricity can be produced. As Singapore does not have as many resources to tap on as other countries, many times our solutions have to be innovative and non-conventional. Solar may be a good way to generate the electricity we need, but are there any other more unconventional methods that Singapore might be overlooking?
Here are 3 non-conventional methods that deserve a second look:
Sound strange and complicated?
Simply put, piezoelectricity is a type of electricity that is produced from kinetic energy. If you’ve ever wondered if roads could harness the energy produced from moving vehicles and pedestrians, or from rain falling on the pavement, this would be it.
Singapore has a very high population density. In fact, ours is the 3rd highest in the world, according to CIA World Factbook, coming behind Monaco at 2nd place, and Macao at 1st place. If you want exact numbers, our population density is 8188.16 people/km². It’s the same as 8 people standing on a quarter of a King-size bed. That is how many people there are in Singapore. And that is also how much untapped kinetic energy we have yet to make use of.
Getting this kinetic energy is simple, at least in theory. There are piezoelectric materials, like quartz and topaz, for example, that produce piezoelectricity when compressed (think walking, running, or driving over these materials.). So basically what we need to do is just embed these piezoelectric materials in our roads, and places with high footfall, like Orchard Road, or VivoCity, or other places like these, and we’ll have ourselves an unlimited supply of electricity.
So is this method feasible? Well, yes, but no. Or not yet at least. Most materials that produce piezoelectricity are crystals, which are quite brittle and will crack if too much force is placed on them. Which, unfortunately, is kind of the way these materials are to produce electricity in the first place. Add to that that piezoelectric materials do not capture all the kinetic energy produced, as the kinetic energy transmission from the energy source to the piezoelectric material can be blocked, and you’ll start seeing the complications with implementing this solution.
The key is for more efficient and durable piezoelectric devices to be made, possibly through embedding the piezoelectric crystals in a strong but flexible support structure, so that we can achieve a good balance of placing stress on the crystals so they generate electricity, but not too much stress that they break. Better designs of piezoelectric devices where these crystals are embedded can also help to increase the kinetic energy captured by the piezoelectric crystals.Give this technology more time to develop, and we may start seeing piezoelectric roads in Singapore in time to come!
Stay tuned for the next post to find out the other 2 weird ways to generate electricity!
SP Tariff rate for this quarter (1 Jul - 30 Sep 2018)
The Singapore Power (SP) Electricity Tariff rate has increased for the period of 1 July 2018 to 30 September 2018. As of 1 July 2018, the tariff rate is $0.2365/kWh, as compared to $0.2215/kWh from the previous quarter.
The SP tariff rate fluctuates every 3 months to reflect the cost of electricity, and must be approved by the Energy Market Authority (EMA). The higher tariff rate for this quarter is due to the higher cost of natural gas for electricity generation.
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A new and improved Power Grid for Singapore is in the works!
Research for a better Power Grid to replace the existing one is underway. It is one of the research topics funded under a $19 billion Research and Development (R&D) initiative by the Singapore Government.
The research for the new Grid 2.0 power system, as it is called, aims to allow for greater incorporation of electricity generated using clean energy sources.
Singapore to improve industrial energy efficiency
Electricity consumption and energy efficiency have always been closely linked to climate change, and the Singapore Government has rolled out many green initiatives over the years in the bid to fight against climate change.
There are new plans in motion to boost industrial energy efficiency, in order to help Singapore reach its target to improve industrial energy efficiency by 0.7%.
Union Power will be at ASME SGX 2018!
Union Power will be at the ASME SGX Event!
Here are the event details:
Location: SGX Auditorium, Level 2, SGX Centre 1, 2 Shenton Way, Singapore 068804
Date: 8 May 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 8.30am to 2.00pm
Come visit us at our booth at your convenience, we will be there all day. You can invite your friends and colleagues as well through our Facebook event page here: www.facebook.com/UnionPowerSG. For more details on the event, see here: https://goo.gl/abcZyS
See you there!
Union Power features in a special edition of the Sunday Times
Sunday, 1st April 2018:
The Straits Times caught up with Union Power on the most recent developments in the electricity market for consumers, in a special edition of the Sunday Times.
Union Power’s director, Ms. Ellen Teo, shares with the Straits Times what Union Power has to offer to consumers, and the various things consumers have to take note of when choosing their first electricity plan.
She also shares about the future and challenges of Singapore, as the electricity market opens up, and how consumers can benefit from it.
Read the full article here:
Easy ways to cut down on your utility bills
Living in Singapore carries a hefty price tag, and having to pay bills every month is not something anyone wants to do. Short of living off the grid, there are ways to reduce that monthly burden that means you can save in comfort and style.
To save on your electricity bill, besides the option of switching electricity retailers from Singapore Power to Union Power, you can consider cleaning your air-conditioners more often, which will allow them to run more efficiently and use less electricity. Another trick is to use a Credit Card to pay for your bills, so you can get cash rebates.
Singapore to increase solar electricity generation capability
Singapore is moving to increase its solar electricity generation capability, and Singapore’s solar power capacity has improved drastically in the past 3 years, thanks to the burgeoning number of solar panels being installed on HDB rooftops, Community Clubs, and Commercial buildings.
More research is being done to help Singapore find the best type of Solar electricity generation system that will make the best use of space, due to the challenges faced by Singapore because of its small size.
SP Tariff rate for this quarter (1 Oct - 31 Dec 2017)
The Singapore Power (SP) Electricity Tariff rate has decreased for the period of 1 Oct 2017 to 31 December 2017. As of 1 Oct 2017, the tariff rate is $0.2030/kWh, as compared to $0.2072/kWh from the previous quarter.
The SP tariff rate fluctuates every 3 months to reflect the cost of electricity, and must be approved by the Energy Market Authority (EMA). The lower tariff rate for this quarter is due to the lower cost of natural gas for electricity generation as well as lower non-fuel costs.
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Union Power will be at Data Centre World Singapore 2017!
Union Power will be at the Data Centre World Singapore 2017 Event! This year we will be partnering with Calsius Solutions to add even more value to your Data Centre business operations.
Here are the event details:
Location: Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre
Date: 11 – 12 Oct 2017 (Wed – Thu)
Booth: G40, co-located with Saifor/Calsius Solutions
Come visit us at our booth at your convenience, we will be there all day. You can invite your friends and colleagues as well through our Facebook event page here: www.facebook.com/UnionPowerSG.
See you there!
Come visit us at the ACAPS Oktoberfest Event!
Calling all ACAPS members!
We will be at the ACAPS Oktoberfest Event at Clarke Quay Central, here are the event details.
Location: Clarke Quay Central, Royal Palm Ballroom Level 4
Date: Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017
Time: 7pm – 10.30pm
Come visit us at our booth! We will be there to answer any questions you may have, so don’t be shy to ask us about any questions you may have about our available electricity value plans for your business!
*Photo courtesy of Association of Catering Professionals Singapore (ACAPS)*
Come Visit our Booth at Fuji Xerox DocuWorld Conference 2017!
As one of the event sponsor, we are inviting you to join us at the Fuji Xerox DocuWorld Conference 2017.
Riding the digital wave of this conference to bring businesses to the next level, Union Power is offering cost-effective solutions to help you manage your energy costs in a hassle-free manner.
Come visit us at our booth this mid-week to find out more on our exclusive promotion (*$300 off first electricity bill) for this event! We look forward to seeing you at this event!
For more information about the event and registration, please visit:
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Exclusive interview with Business Times
Union Power was featured in Business Times on last week, Tuesday 14 March 2017. The article touched on the company’s plans and strategies to compete in the liberalised electricity market.
In the interview, Ellen revisited the Group’s (Union Energy Corporation) mission to consistently offer innovative solutions to customers and to provide excellence customer service. This is where Union Power comes in. With multiple touch points with existing LPG customers island-wide, Union Power is aiming to leverage on existing bank and capability.
Union Power set foot in the electricity market on March 2017.
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