Singapore awarded grants worth S$27 million (US$19.86 million) for 13 projects on smart grids and natural gas.

Five projects on smart grids will focus on strengthening electricity grids against cyber attacks, developing smarter and more efficient energy management, and solar power, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced.

One project led by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will develop a multi-layered system to protect networks used for managing and monitoring smart grids.

Another led by the Singapore University of Technology and Design will build more cost-effective ways to detect cyber attacks on smart grids that will bring down costs by up to 90%.

13 projects have been awarded on natural gas technology, including five projects for smart monitoring of gas pipelines.

In one project, A*STAR will design and develop a handheld device that can detect cracks, corrosion and other damages in pipelines in real-time. Current scanners are bulky and as large as a writing desk.

“These improvements will contribute towards early detection of possible gas supply disruptions, and enhance our gas and electricity reliability,” EMA said in a statement.

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