Two Local Startups To Develop Sustainable Energy Solutions Under EMA-Shell Startup Partnership
15 Jul 2022
Two local startups have been awarded grants to enhance and test-bed their sustainable solutions in underwater
infrastructure inspection and the production of low-carbon hydrogen. The award is part of the $8 million partnership between the Energy Market
Authority (EMA) and Shell, with support from Enterprise Singapore
(EnterpriseSG), to nurture local start-ups.
2 The companies awarded this year are BeeX Pte
Ltd and SunGreenH2 Pte Ltd. As a deep tech spin-off from the National
University of Singapore, BeeX Pte Ltd specialises in designing and building
autonomous equipment used for inspection of underwater infrastructure. Their
solution could potentially be used to remotely monitor and inspect underwater
energy infrastructure such as subsea cables or floating solar photovoltaic
systems. This reduces the need for manual inspections as Singapore scales up solar
deployment on water bodies and taps on regional power grids to import low-carbon
electricity. For their pilot, BeeX will be collaborating with Shell to trial a HAUV
(Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle), to make underwater inspections safer,
more efficient and effective at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Singapore
on Pulau Bukom.
3 The other awarded startup, SunGreenH2 Pte Ltd
has developed a proprietary electrolyser technology used to produce low-carbon hydrogen.
Exchange Membrane (AEM) technology has the potential to improve the
efficiency and cost effectiveness of producing low-carbon hydrogen, a clean renewable
energy source that may one day become an alternative fuel for power generation.
More details of the two startups’ solutions
are in the Annex.
4 Mr Ngiam Shih Chun, Chief Executive of EMA, said,
“As the energy sector advances towards a more sustainable future in support of Singapore’s
net-zero aspiration, we see a need for all stakeholders to play their part. EMA
is therefore pleased to support our local startups in developing their
innovative solutions and bring them a step closer to commercialisation. This will
also enhance the overall vibrancy of the energy ecosystem and foster greater
collaboration among the different industry players.”
About EMA-Shell Partnership
5 EMA and Shell kicked off their partnership in
2019 to nurture local energy startups through the Shell StartUp Engine Singapore
accelerator programme. The programme supports energy startups wanting to deepen
their expertise in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and
low-carbon solutions. Support provided includes access to capacity-building
workshops, mentorship and opportunities to showcase their solutions at key
industry events. To date, the partnership has supported 18 startups. Among the
supported startups, EMA has also provided grants to selected startups to
further develop their solutions to advance the energy sector’s transition
towards greener sources.
6 Mr Thomas Wong, General Manager of Shell Energy and
Chemicals Park Singapore at
Bukom and Chairman of Shell StartUp
Engine Singapore Committee said, “We strongly believe that innovating and
collaborating with the different players of the energy value chain is key in
moving towards a low-carbon world. Startups are an exciting source of new ideas
and innovation. We continue to be committed in partnering stakeholders like EMA
to nurture the ecosystem. Supporting and working with local innovative startups
like BeeX and SunGreenH2 is valuable in not only helping us to transform our
business and the industry, but also contributing towards a net-zero world.”
for the Shell StartUp Engine Singapore 2022 programme is now open. Interested
startups may visit the Shell
for more details.
partnership is also supported by EnterpriseSG under its Open Innovation
initiative, which leverages lead demand from government agencies and business
corporations to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups
in developing innovative solutions.
9 Mr Jeffrey Siow, Managing Director &
Chief Operating Officer of EnterpriseSG, said, “Enterprise Singapore is pleased to
support EMA and Shell’s co-innovation partnership. Through this initiative, our
startups and companies can build their track records and gain new capabilities.
Such industry partnerships are important to develop a dynamic and collaborative
Details of Awarded Projects
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