Centre for Energy Research and Technology

Centre for Energy Research and Technology

The Centre for Energy Research & Technology (CERT) is a research centre in NUS Engineering.

It was established in September 2014 to integrate research on energy science and technology for a sustainable development. It positions itself as a solution provider by working closely with the industry and national agencies on energy technologies of local and regional interest, and to introduce the technologies developed at NUS to the market. It has the resources to undertake projects at various technology readiness levels from components, processes to systems. The Centre has identified five core areas for energy technology development in Singapore where we can deliver the greatest impact through close collaborations with various stakeholders:

  • Energy Efficiency

    While there is strong current interest in diversifying the conventional energy supply to include renewable resources, it is equally important from the sustainability standpoint is to use energy as efficiently as possible to manage the energy demand prudently.

  • Energy Storage

    Energy storage systems with higher energy and power densities than what are currently available are needed for sustainable urban mobility; and power grids with increasing integration of intermittent renewable sources.

  • Natural Gas

    Natural gas is widely regarded as the fuel for the future. It is the primary energy source for Singapore’s electricity, and of strategic importance to sustain Singapore’s competitive position.

  • Renewable Energy Sources

    Concerns over pollution, climate change and sustainability of our fossil based energy sources have motivated the move towards renewable sources. In the area of alternative energy, solar energy remains to be the most ready form due to its immediateness and abundance.

  • Smart Grid

    The exponential growth in energy demand is a great strain on conventional power grids. An alternative i.e. “smart-grid” is envisioned to address these challenges. Smartness in grids implies the set of evolving 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.