Asia Clean Energy Summit 2018: Summit Charts New Forays – Catalysing Energy Start-Ups, Wind & Energy Storage Forums


The Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS) today said it will further deepen Singapore’s renewable energy strategies and capabilities by launching its first PowerACE competition for start-ups in the energy sector, alongside Asia’s first wind energy conference and a new energy storage forum.
PowerACE 2018 will, for the first time, provide a platform where clean energy start-ups will be able to showcase innovative ideas to industry-leading experts. Over four phases till November 2018, the chosen start-ups will be able to get mentoring and guidance from industry experts to take their ideas to fruition. Registration for the first phase will close on 24 September 2018. The second phase involving validation and reviews will take place between 25 – 28 September 2018. Mentoring during the third phase will occur between 1 – 28 October 2018 and this will culminate in the fourth phase, where chosen start-ups will present their ideas on 1 November 2018.
As part of the final phase, these start-ups will showcase their ideas at the ACES Innovation Arena within the Asia Clean Energy Summit 2018 (31 October – 2 November). They will be required to pitch their ideas in front a jury of technical experts. The winning start-ups will have an opportunity to take their ideas further to industry collaboration.
SEAS Executive Director Ms Kavita Gandhi said: “PowerACE is part of SEAS’ new initiative to provide a stimulating platform to clean energy start-ups to connect with industry leaders, investors and potential customers. A new working group for start-ups has been set up so that they can have a voice and be part of the clean energy ecosystem. The competition will help to shine the light on our innovative and young start-ups with some cutting-edge ideas.”
As part of ACES 2018, there will be the first annual Asia Wind Energy Conference, which will take place on 31 October 2018. Through a tie-up between SEAS and Singapore-based Asia Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the forum aims to promote wind power as a key solution to the region’s rapidly growing energy demand and environmental challenges.
The one-day conference will bring together industry leaders to present and discuss the trends, challenges and opportunities for this industry. The conference includes sessions on general outlook & trends, policy & regulatory, offshore wind, financing & risk. The speakers consist of senior executives who cover the entire value chain in developing projects.
AWEA Board Member Edgare Kerkwijk said: “Over the last few years, Singapore has taken the lead in promoting sustainable energy in the region.  The Asia Clean Energy Summit, which is held during the Singapore International Energy Week, is one-of-a-kind event where an entire week is dedicated purely towards sustainable energy related themes. It brings together industry leaders from around the world across various sectors. So, it was a natural decision for the AWEA to hold the Annual Asia Wind Energy Conference during this week. We aim for this inaugural Annual Wind Energy Conference, held under the auspices of ACES, to become the flagship wind energy conference for the region.
Formed in 2016, AWEA coordinates international policy, communications, research and analysis and provides services to support members’ requirements and needs to help their development, offering the networking and learning opportunities in the sector within Asia-Pacific.
Renewable energy such as wind energy are now increasingly being adopted by emerging economies as they are now not only a cheaper source of energy, but also more sustainable. A renewable energy-based economy offers unique opportunities for economic growth and prosperity.
Another new forum at ACES will be Energy Storage Conference 2018, which is being organised by the Asia Energy Storage Association (AESA). The energy storage industry is still at a very nascent stage in the Asia and there are signs that this sector is expected to grow fast.  This conference aims to gather industry leaders to present and discuss the trends, challenges and opportunity for this industry. The conference includes sessions on general outlook & trends, large scale energy storage, technology and technical & commercial risks.
Held in conjunction with the Singapore International Energy Week, ACES 2018 features a robust list of speakers who will set the benchmark for best practices, debate trends and solutions in the regional solar and renewables industry. The summit will be held from 31 October to 2 November 2018 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.
ACES 2018 is co-organised with the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).  The Energy Research Institute @NTU (ERI@N) is a leading research institute which aims to spearhead human capital expertise in sustainable building technologies, renewable energy, energy storage, multi energy systems, electro-mobility and maritime clean energy. SERIS, located at the National University of Singapore, is the republic’s national institute for applied solar energy research.
In keeping with its theme of “Harnessing Clean Energy for the Future”, SEAS expects the 5th edition of its conference-and-exhibition to create new forays. ACES 2017 attracted more than 2,500 participants with about a third of them comprising C-suite decision makers.
Other key highlights of ACES 2018 will include:
– Clean Energy Leaders’ Dialogue, a high-level forum where leaders from top utility providers, photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers, developers and policy professionals will exchange best practices, while debating trends and solutions in the clean energy industry;
– Solarising Singapore and Asia, a forum where experts will speak about opportunities in solar energy and solar leasing, including insights into Singapore’s efforts to accelerate the deployment of PV systems in the republic;
– Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification (ACEPT), this 3rd edition event will assemble world leading experts who will discuss emerging topics on energy, power, and transportation electrification;
– Unlocking Solar Capital: Asia & Financial Summit, led by key partner Solarplaza, will enable investors, financiers, solar developers, independent power producers, engineering-procurement-construction players and other solar stakeholders to discuss bankable PV projects in the region over a two-day event;
– PV Asia Scientific Conference, a platform where the world’s PV experts and scientists will showcase the latest developments in solar energy technologies, including the recent emergence of floating PVs; and
– The International Off Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC), Co-located at ACES 2018, will attract global experts from off-grid renewable energy value chain, with representatives from policy-makers, rural electrification agencies, private sector, NGOs, academia, financing institutions and international organisations.
Making its debut in Singapore will be the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC), organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a global platform dedicated to sharing experiences and best practices, identifying synergies and forging partnerships in off-grid renewable energy. Convened every two years, the 4th edition of IOREC will be held in Singapore on October 31 – November 1, 2018.