Keppel Infrastructure and NUS test ‘low-carbon living lab’


Keppel Infrastructure, which develops, invests in and operates sustainable infrastructure, has entered into a research collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The collaboration will allow the partners to strengthen Keppel’s low-carbon energy research and development (R&D) innovation and development, as well as leverage the NUS Kent Ridge Campus for the “Keppel Infrastructure Low-Carbon Living Lab- NUS”.

Low Carbon Living Lab

In the lab, they will create, test and scale up the deployment of commercially viable innovations in distributed energy management, solar photovoltaic (PV) integration, thermal energy storage, microgrids electric vehicles and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. and vehicle-to-network (V2G) testing.

Professor Chen Tsuhan, NUS Vice President (Research and Technology), commented on the announcement in a statement: “NUS is very pleased to leverage our strong energy and sustainability research capabilities in this collaboration with Keppel. Infrastructure to co-create commercially viable solutions for a soft green transition.

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“The NUS Kent Ridge campus will serve as a dynamic living lab, where innovative solutions are tested in a realistic operational environment before being deployed on a larger scale. These technological capabilities will in turn help improve the climate resilience of our campuses.

This partnership will also provide education and training opportunities for NUS students, as well as opportunities for open collaboration with other players in the ecosystem such as start-ups, SMEs and researchers.

To reinvigorate the collaboration, the two jointly identified technologically proven innovations. This extends to bench testing, demonstration and adaptation in real-world environments and integration of systems/subsystems across various technologies for data collection, analysis and validation of performance.

The Keppel Infrastructure-NUS Low Carbon Living Laboratory will leverage the NUS Kent Ridge Campus to create, test and scale up deployment of commercially viable innovations in energy management and decarbonization. Courtesy of NUS News.

The selected projects are:

  1. Smart hybrid AC/DC microgrid: This project aims to facilitate the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources, such as solar PV and electric vehicle charging with V2G capabilities into the existing AC grid without disrupting the main power grid. The hybrid microgrid acts as a plug-in for the AC grid and will increase the flexibility of the diversified power interconnection, leading to greater grid reliability and efficiency.
  2. New electric vehicle charging strategies: This project will deploy smart EV charging algorithms that will balance the needs and constraints of the existing power grid, as well as charging demand and charging cost for EV owners. This will accelerate the emerging readiness of V2G technology.
  3. Innovative District Cooling Systems (DCS) for buildings integrated with thermal energy storage using proprietary phase change materials as the energy storage medium, outdoor cooling technology and intelligent process optimization. This project will provide next-generation district cooling solutions for a sustainable urban district, with substantial energy and space savings, as well as environmental benefits such as the reduction of the heat island effect.
  4. Laboratory experimentation and proof of concept on improved seawater desalination pre-treatment technology for carbon dioxide sequestration and scale removal. This project will be followed by a potential demonstration in one of the desalination plants operated by Keppel Infrastructure.

Cindy Lim, CEO of Keppel Infrastructure, said, “We are redoubling our efforts in sustainability-related innovation and technology development to strengthen Keppel Infrastructure’s competitive advantage in the low-carbon economy and to partner and add value to industries and our customers in their green environment. passage.

“To that end, we are excited to forge this important partnership with NUS to accelerate the commercial deployment of innovative energy technologies, leveraging digitalization and decentralization for speed and scale.”

Keppel Infrastructure and NUS will also explore collaboration in other areas related to energy and sustainability, such as the decarbonization of industrial emissions, innovative solar projects, and carbon capture technologies and applications, including the use of nature-based solutions.

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