Keppel Infrastructure enters tie-up with NTU to develop zero-emissions and energy technologies

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Keppel Infrastructure Holdings’ (KI) technology arm Keppel Energy Transition Centre (KETC) and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on developing greener technologies.

The areas of collaboration will include developing zero-emissions, decarbonisation and circular economy solutions, including in Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), smart digital-enabled Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), such as solar and energy storage systems, and environmental sustainability technologies, Keppel Infrastructure and NTU said in a filing to SGX Tuesday.

The collaboration will have four research focus areas:

  1. Developing CCUS technologies, including a high-performance catalyst to convert carbon dioxide into methanol and syngas, and decarbonisation of flue gas into carbon-neutral products, such as algae biofuel
  2. Using blockchain technology to develop a secure data management framework to verify renewable energy generation and consumption, and aggregate DERs, in a move to encourage direct peer-to-peer energy trading among businesses and households
  3. Creating environmental sustainability technologies in segments such as waste-to-resources, close-loop water recovery, and digital energy services
  4. Launching low carbon “living laboratories” at KETC and NTU to testbed, develop and demonstrate low carbon, environmental and water technologies

The partnership is in line with Singapore’s Green Plan for promoting increased energy efficiency to lower the carbon footprint and be a zero-waste nation, as well as matching Keppel Group’s commitment to sustainability and to cut the group’s carbon emissions by 2030, and reach net zero by 2050, the statement said.

Ralph Foong, deputy chief executive of the Energy Market Authority, said it was committed to supporting the research projects under the MOU.

“The MOU will bring together KI’s domain knowledge and expertise in energy and environmental solutions, such as power generation, district cooling systems, advanced waste-to-energy technologies, water reuse and desalination, and NTU’s expertise in sustainability-related technologies like CCUS, smart grid and advanced power electronics,” Foong said in the statement.

Lam Khin Yong, NTU senior vice president (research) and professor, said advanced low-carbon technologies are essential for Singapore’s transformation.

“On the NTU Smart Campus, our scientists have pioneered sustainability-related technologies to tackle challenges as part of the NTU 2025
strategic plan. This collaboration with Keppel Infrastructure will allow our researchers the opportunity to go further, by working with the industry to provide market specific solutions,” Lam said in the statement.