NUS Engineering, in Energy research, leverages expertise across the various disciplines to develop sustainable, clean and reliable energy technologies. We tackle energy challenges from a system of systems approach to jointly develop integrated solutions and innovations. From fundamental studies to translational research, we work closely with industry and the government to enable transition to a sustainable energy future for Singapore and beyond.

Currently, there are four main research themes under Energy research:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Storage
  • Smart Grid 
  • Natural Gas

Energy Efficiency

Energy management to enable optimal use of energy is crucial to a sustainable future. The energy efficiency research group at NUS Engineering focuses on topics, such as novel fin structures for enhanced cooling, hybrid cycles and nanostructured membranes for cooling and dehumidification, aerogel-based membranes for improved indoor air quality, waste heat recovery and reuse, low energy cooling for green data center, internal combustion engines with high efficiency and low emissions and biofuel-based electromobility.

Energy Storage

Energy storage systems with higher energy and power densities are crucial for sustainable urban mobility and large scale grid storage. Our activities on energy storage focuses on materials innovation, energy storage systems as well as system diagnosis and prognosis. With our battery fabrication facilities, we are able to produce commercial-grade cylindrical (18650) and pouch-type lithium-ion batteries with superior performance and excellent safety features. We also develop all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries in both bulk and thin film formats.

Smart Grid

The exponential growth in energy demand has led to the proliferation of smart grids. Smartness in grids involves integrating technologies that are being deployed at different rates in a variety of settings depending on local conditions such as the technologies in use, regulatory and investment frameworks. The topics investigated by the smart-grid research group at NUS Engineering include renewable energy integration to grids, novel energy distribution networks, hybrid AC/DC distribution system, green data centers, smart buildings and home automation, building operating systems, wireless sensor-actuator networks.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is the fuel for the future and is the primary energy source for Singapore’s electricity. NUS Engineering aims to galvanise a multi-disciplinary university-industry collaborative Consortium of Excellence on Natural Gas (CENGas) to innovate technologies for exploiting natural gas both as energy source and feedstock. Our research spans four key areas in the supply chain of natural gas, namely production, separation, transportation, and conversion or usage. The activities in each area are built on our current strengths in process physics, material synthesis, adsorbents, membranes, and process systems engineering.

To learn more about energy initiatives within NUS Engineering, visit the Centre for Energy Research and Technology.