Singapore aims to halve the energy consumption and carbon emissions of its desalination plants and increase the efficiency of its NEWater technology, as part of its goal to enhance water security while reducing the nation’s carbon footprint.
The Republic will also unveil one of the world’s largest floating solar panel systems next month at Tengeh Reservoir. First announced in February 2020, the system will generate enough energy to power Singapore’s five water treatment plants, creating a “fully green water works system”, says Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (MSE).
The system’s 122,000 solar panels are spread across 10 solar panel islands, equivalent to the size of 45 football fields. When operational, the system will produce enough electricity to power around 16,000 four-room Housing Board flats for a year.