French utility and LNG player Engie said Monday it has opened its first Asia-Pacific research centre in Singapore.
Engie Lab Singapore, supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will act as a “regional hub for energy innovation and technology in Southeast Asia”, Engie said in its statement.
ENGIE Lab Singapore focuses on three fields: smart energy systems for cities and islands, industrial energy efficiency and gas technologies.
It will support and collaborate with the Engie entities that are already established in the region, the utility said.
“The teams will manage R&D projects and provide services based on their technological expertise which includes managing new energies, digital systems such as Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile apps, as well as strengthen existing technologies to enhance energy-related infrastructures and energy uses.”
“The opening of the Engie Lab Singapore is a key milestone of the development strategy of Engie in Southeast Asia to support the transition to low-carbon energy sources,” said Isabelle Kocher, Engie CEO.
“Singapore’s dynamic innovation ecosystem and regional connectivity provides the right environment for us to set up this leading-edge R&D centre to develop practical solutions to meet the energy challenges in the region, and will help businesses to maintain their technological excellence,” Kocher added.
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, Engie said.