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NUS environmental projects at energy forum

25 October 2012

University representatives sharing insights during the mini conference at the Singapore International Energy Week

The NUS booth showcasing innovative research work on environmentally sustainable projects

NUS showcased its latest research of different environmentally sustainable projects on campus at the recent Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2012. As part of the inaugural Asia Future Energy Forum & Exhibition held in conjunction with SIEW, the University hosted a mini conference for participants to learn more about its work on 24 October. The meeting was organised by the NUS Energy Office, NUS Enterprise and the Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES).

Marking its strong ties with the industry, NUS inked agreements with Medad Technologies and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd at the event. The desalination technology developed by a team led by Professor Ng Kim Choon of the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering taps on waste heat as the main energy source. This approach, more energy-efficient than reverse osmosis employed in most desalination systems, will be commercialised by Medad Technologies.

NUS Energy Office Director Professor Michael Quah, who moderated an insightful session on bringing research from the laboratory to the market, said that "energy needs to be viewed from a holistic viewpoint". To do this, his office offers a "one-stop shop" for the University's energy information and serves as a platform for researchers from various faculties to look at issues together in an integrated manner.

The NUS campus is a "mini-city" with more than 200 buildings spread across some 12 km of roads for a community of about 47,000, said Mrs Amy Ho, OES Director. This makes the University an ideal test-bed for research and technology, as well as for collecting user data to enhance sustainability projects, she noted.

One such project is the year-long study of Toyota Tsusho's micro electric vehicles which are powered by sealed lead-acid batteries and have zero carbon dioxide emissions. NUS researchers are currently collecting data for its usability on Singapore roads and the possibility of producing remotely controlled electric vehicles.

An annual event, SIEW is a venue where energy professionals, policymakers and commentators congregate to discuss and share best practices and solutions within the global energy space.