NTU launches new $8-million maritime energy test bed

(From left) Singapore Maritime Academy director Mohd Salleh Ahmad Sarwan, Energy Research Institute co-director Chan Siew Hwa and Singapore Polytechnic deputy principal (tech and industry) Lim Peng Hun visiting the Daihatsu Diesel Engine, part of the
(From left) Singapore Maritime Academy director Mohd Salleh Ahmad Sarwan, Energy Research Institute co-director Chan Siew Hwa and Singapore Polytechnic deputy principal (tech and industry) Lim Peng Hun visiting the Daihatsu Diesel Engine, part of the Maritime Energy Test Bed.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

SINGAPORE - Nanyang Technological University (NTU) launched a new $8-million maritime energy test bed on Monday (Nov 2) morning, the first such facility in South-east Asia.

The facility will conduct research and development into alternative sources of energy or clean fuels, fuel additives to increase energy efficiency, and technologies for cleaner emissions.

It comes equipped with a 1.5 megawatt diesel ship engine, which can run on most of the conventional liquid fuel types for energy research such as biodiesel, gas-to-liquid, and synthetic diesel.

It will also be installed with advanced sensors and monitoring devices to facilitate research innovation in energy storage, noise pollution, and waste heat recovery.

The facility will also serve as a training platform for polytechnic students, undergraduates and PhD candidates.

Students from Singapore Polytechnic's Marine Cadet programme, for example, will attend internships at the facility and go on training visits.

The facility is funded by NTU and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), and was officially launched by chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Mr Andrew Tan.

NTU chief of staff and vice-president for research, Professor Lam Khin Yong, said: "The maritime industry is a crucial economic pillar carrying about 90 per cent of the world's trade.

"This new facility puts NTU at the forefront of global maritime energy research, developing sustainable maritime energy solutions and raising Singapore's maritime R&D capabilities and expertise."