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Floating solar farms at reservoirs a powerful idea

I applaud national water agency PUB's idea to test energy yield from Tengeh Reservoir to evaluate the feasibility of tapping renewable electricity using floating solar photovoltaic (PV) systems (Siting solar energy farms at reservoirs; Sept 30). This effort to boost the electricity supply using Singapore's reservoirs is pragmatic and productive. Moreover, having the solar panels cover the water surface will not only reduce fresh water...


Carbon tax needed in drive to stay competitive: Masagos

The upcoming carbon tax may be a bitter pill to swallow, but it could pay off in a more energy-efficient global economy, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli. The levy on big greenhouse gas emitters announced in this year's Budget is meant to nudge the industry to adopt cleaner, better practices, he noted. Mr Masagos told a petrochemical industry audience yesterday: "We are aware of industry concerns over the...


Four-in-one utilities plant for the tropics

Local researchers have come up with what they describe as a greener and cheaper way to produce electricity, water, air-conditioning and heat, custom-made for the tropics. The smart quad-generation plant produces all four key utilities simultaneously using a single, integrated system. Associate Professor Ernest Chua of the department of mechanical engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), who led the research, said the plant...


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