Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd (KI), through its innovation and technology arm, Keppel Energy Transition Centre Pte Ltd (KETC), and NTU Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the development of zero-emissions, decarbonisation and circular economy solutions, including in key areas such as Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), smart digital-enabled Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) such as solar and energy storage systems, as well as environmental sustainability technologies.
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.
The KETC-NTU collaboration will focus on four research areas:
- The development of solutions in CCUS. This includes a high-performance catalyst to convert carbon dioxide into methanol and syngas, as well as the decarbonisation of flue gas into carbon-neutral products such as algae biofuel, which can be utilised in the energy and environmental industries.
- Blockchain technology to develop a secure data management framework that can be used to verify renewable energy generation and consumption, as well as aggregate DERs. This is with the aim of encouraging direct peer-to-peer energy trading among prosumers – businesses and households which produce and consume power – where excess energy from DERs can be traded locally.
- Environmental sustainability technologies in areas such as waste-to-resources and close-loop water recovery, as well as digital energy solutions.
- The launch of low carbon living laboratories at KETC and NTU as physical collaborative spaces to testbed, develop, and demonstrate innovative low carbon, environmental and water technologies.