Extra $132m pumped in for major water tech research centre in Singapore

A major environment and water technology research centre in Singapore said it had secured another $132 million to fund its work in water management, membrane technology, waste and other applications.

The Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute, part of Nanyang Technological University, is to get the funding from industry, various public agencies and competitive research grants given out by funding bodies, said NTU president Bertil Andersson at the institute's official opening at JTC's CleanTech Park in Jurong on Friday morning.

The sum will bring its total funding to $400 million till the end of 2016. Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was guest of honour at the event.

The five-year-old institute, which was previously located at NTU's campus, has produced five start-ups such as Aquaporin Asia, which develops membranes that cut the energy needed to treat water.