Memorandum of Understanding:
National University of Singapore and Temasek Polytechnic
8th June 2017

National University of Singapore Centre for Energy Research and Technology (NUS-CERT) is partnering Clean Energy Research Centre (TP-CERC) of Temasek Polytechnic.

The objective of this Memorandum of Understanding is to provide a framework of cooperation and develop energy solutions, primarily on energy storage. Combing collaborative research and promoting translational research between Institutes of Higher-Learning and research institutes is the foundation for this partnership.

The ceremony was preceded by a workshop on “Translational Research in Energy Storage”.
This workshop provides a platform for researchers and industry partners to collectively share, discuss technical challenges and identify potential opportunities for performance improvements and breakthrough in battery technology.

Some of the presentations covered by them includes:

  1. Ultra – Safe Fast Charging Battery
  2. Redox Flow Lithium Battery (RFLB)
  3. Condensed-Phase Aqueous Redox Flow Battery (CARB)

Energy Efficiency in Process Industry Workshop - 17th Oct 2016

The Energy Efficiency in Process Industry Workshop was held on 17th October 2016 in Fusionopolis MPSH1. This is a jointly organized workshop by CERT, NUS and Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences, A-STAR.

The objective of this workshop was to understand the challenges the process industry faced and determine if the research carried out in NUS is able to be translated to commercial adoption. One focus area mentioned was on separation technology; adsorption as an energy efficient alternative; integrate or reintegrate to achiever greater energy efficiency and etc.

The turnout for this joint workshop was overwhelming with attendees coming from agencies, research institutes and industries such as EDB, NCCS, NEA, Giiava, Mitsui Phenols Singapore Pte. Ltd, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and etc.

Some of the presentations covered by them include:

  1. Industrial Energy Efficiency
  2. Energy Usage in Phenol Process
  3. Solvent Extraction Processes for Food Additives
  4. Energy Opportunities in Process Industries
  5. Modeling and Simulation for Operation and Planning
Opening Remarks by Dr. Keith Carpenter, Executive Director of ICES
Prof. Farooq's Presenation on Adsorption Technology as an Energy Efficient Alternative
Poster sessions setup by researchers from NUS and ICES

United States Army Delegation Visit - 31st Aug 2016

Opening Remark by Deputy Director of CERT, Prof. P.S Lee
Prof. Palani giving our US Army delegates a lab tour at his Pilot Line

CERT is pleased to host delegates from US Army, Navy as well as the US International Technology Center Pacific (ITC Pac) during their visit to Singapore.

In their visit, CERT has organized a series of talk involving domain experts in the field of Power and Energy, specially on energy conversion in areas such as solar energy, fuel cell, energy storage (batteries), micro grids, converters and etc. The primary objective of this visit is to tour the campus facilities and determine if there are any aligned research areas which they can collaborate with.

Some of the talks covered in this workshop include:

  1. High-performance Power Electronic Converters for Industrial Applications
  2. High Efficiency Cooling Techniques for Effective Thermal Management of Battery and Power Electronics
  3. Organic Solar Cells and Perovskite Solar Cells
  4. Robust Long Lasting PEM Fuel Cells
  5. Materials Modeling for Next Generation Solar Cells and Batteries
  6. Developing High Performance Lithium-ion Battery and Sodium-ion Battery
  7. Fast-ion Conducting Solids for Scalable Battery Applications
  8. Redox Targeting Flow Batteries for Large-scale Energy Storage

Joint Workshop on Sustainable Integrated Thermal Energy Systems (SITES) for Low Carbon District – 20th August 2016

Led by Associate Professor PS Lee, deputy director of Centre for Energy Research and Technology, a Joint Workshop on SITES for Low Carbon District was held in NUS on 4thAugust 2016.

The main objective of this workshop was to determine the interest level of industry and government agency on four key proposed work packages:

  1. Low Energy Cooling System for Building
  2. Renewable Energy
  3. Enhanced Thermal Energy Storage
  4. System Modelling and Optimization

In order to ensure the focus technology under the four work packages are deployable, NUS Office of Facility Management (OFM) has agreed with the integration of the proposed technology into its Campus Master Plan – enabling the campus to be used as a living lab. This test bedding and demonstration serves as a pilot to prove it is possible to integrate the proposed technology together in an actual working environment. OFM have identified three potential test sites for this SITES project, primarily the University Town (UTown), Central Library and Prince George Park Residences (PGP).

Professor Philip Liu, Vice Dean of Research and Technology giving the opening speech for the workshop
Using NUS Campus as an Actual Test Bedding and Demonstration Site
The four different work packages (together with breakdown of its focus areas and technology) that makes up SITES
How each work packages are integrated together to deliver the overall system for test bedding purposes
The Three Potential Test Sites for Campus Demonstration

The turnout for this joint workshop was overwhelming with attendees coming from agencies, research institutes and industries such as EPGC, SIMTech, NCCS, BCA, PUB, HDB, NEA, IES Engineering, Natflow Hitachi Infrastructure Asia, Keppel DHCS and etc.

Using NUS Campus as an Actual Test Bedding and Demonstration Site
The four different work packages (together with breakdown of its focus areas and technology) that makes up SITES
How each work packages are integrated together to deliver the overall system for test bedding purposes
The Three Potential Test Sites for Campus Demonstration
Associate Professor Praveen Linga with industry collaborator, Mr. Hoon Kiang Tan, Head of Lloyd’s Register Global Technology Centre Pte Ltd.

Lloyd’s Register and NUS Engineering join forces to develop solidified natural gas (SNG) technology for natural gas storage - 12th August 2016

A research contract agreement has been signed between researchers from NUS Engineering and Lloyd’s Register Global Technology Centre Pte Ltd. A team from the NUS Centre for Energy Research & Technology (CERT), led by Praveen Linga, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is developing a novel and cost-effective technology – storage of natural gas as solidified natural gas (SNG) via clathrate hydrates. SNG technology involves storing natural gas in the form of ice-like crystalline compounds often referred as ‘gas hydrates’.

This research project is funded in part under the Energy Innovation Research Programme (EIRP), which is administrated by the Energy Market Authority (EMA), and funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF). Lloyd’s Register Global Technology Centre Pte Ltd, the industry collaborator, will provide significant cash contributions and in-kind contributions to this project.

Asst Prof. Praveen Linga, Co-Lead for Natural Gas got interviewed by the Straits Time, Channel News Asia and Lian He Zaobao – 4th June 2016

Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced it had awarded $15 million in research grants to six projects on cost-effective energy storage innovations. Among them is the conversion of natural gas into a solidified form, a storage solution whose cost is about half that of conventional compressed natural gas (CNG) storage technology.

National University of Singapore Assistant Professor Praveen Linga, the project’s principal investigator, said: “Also, CNG is stored in high-pressure cylinders and is explosive. But it is always safe in a solidified form.”

Asst Prof. Praveen Linga's TV Interview with Channel News Asia on his work on Solidified Natural Gas (SNG)

CERT was Awarded $10 million to Develop Cost-Effective Storage Innovations – 3rd June 2016

In May 2015, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) has launched a $15 million grant call to all Institute of Higher Learnings (IHLs) to look at enabling the deployment of energy storage under Singapore’s hot, humid and urbanised environment. Out of over 30 proposals received, only 6 projects were selected which focused primarily on three research areas:

  1. Innovate battery technologies suitable for deployment in Singapore’s hot and humid climate and highly-urbanised environment
  2. Develop cost-effective and reliable solutions
  3. Increase power conversion efficiency

CERT is pleased to report that among the 6 projects identified by EMA, 4 of them were awarded to NUS amounting to approximate $10 million. Such success would not have been possible without strong support from industry collaborators which CERT have actively engage over the years. Industry collaborators for NUS approved projects include HDB, Rolls-Royce Singapore, Lloyd’s Register Global Technology Centre, Duralite Power, GenPlus, Temasek Polytechnic and Daily Life Renewable Energy.

“Congratulations to the Professors who were awarded the EMA grants for energy storage. As the focus now is on Research, Development and Deployment, rather than just Research and Development, CERT’s achievements in this grant call is a testimony of the relevant societal impact that NUS research is creating,” said Professors Lee Jim Yang, Director of CERT and Head of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department. For more information on the approved projects, kindly click on the link below.

An article on Harvesting LNG cold energy via Gas Hydrate based Desalination (HDB) technology was recently featured in Gastech News – 11th May 2016

A team from the NUS Centre for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) under Assistant Professor Praveen Linga is developing a prototype to produce purified water from seawater by harnessing the cold energy of LNG via the gas hydrate based desalination (HBD) technology. This research project is funded in part under the Energy Innovation Research Programme (ERIP), which is administrated by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore and Industry Partner, Royal Dutch Shell.

Dr Linga (on left) along with a team member Mr Abhishek Nambiar (on right) with the experimental facility in the background
Signing of the MOU at the Energy Forum 2015. From left: Prof. Lee Jim Yang, Director CERT, Mr. Chris Lim, Director, SIPG, and Mr. Bernard Tan, President of the Commercial Business Group at ST Kinetics (parent company of STS).

Signing of MOU between Singapore Institute of Power & Gas (SIPG) and Singapore Test Services (STS) to Increase and Integrate Energy Storage System – 12th June 2015

NUS Centre for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) helmed by Professor Lee Jim Yang, Head, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, has joined hands with Singapore Institute of Power and Gas (SIPG) and Singapore Test Services (STS) to create platforms and training opportunities for integrating Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with Singapore’s power grid.