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Going Green

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Head over to Singapore’s Jurong Island and you’ll find a virtual laboratory of green technologies aimed at making the energy and chemical industries more sustainable and competitive.

Working with researchers from the University of Cambridge in Britain, scientists at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) are looking at how to improve and deploy technologies such as smart sensors, micro-grids and power electronics to make industries more energy-efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.

“We can use these technologies to redesign the organisation and layout of the energy network, and squeeze out inefficiencies through optimal operation and coordination of energy generation and consumption,” explained Professor Ling Keck Voon from the EEE.

He and his team have created algorithms to optimise the scheduling of combined cycle gas turbines and other thermal units to reduce the machinery’s fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. They are also investigating ways to capture and use waste heat from electricity generation for other industrial purposes.

Meanwhile, other EEE researchers have teamed up with scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States to create technologies to maximise buildings’ energy efficiency.

Professor Hu Guoqiang from the EEE is leading an effort to develop data-driven methods to detect and diagnose faults in traditional energy guzzlers such as chillers and air- handling units. Resolving such faults more quickly could have a big impact on Singapore’s and other countries’ carbon footprint.

“We hope to contribute to Singapore’s economy, as well as to Singapore being a good world citizen with regard to global warming,” said Prof Ling. “While Singapore’s contribution to global carbon emissions is very small compared to larger or developing countries, we believe our work can also be deployed elsewhere in Southeast Asia.”

 





By Professors Ling Keck Voon and Professor Hu Guoqiang​

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Published on 16 July 2018​
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