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Maritime Energy Test Bed launched in Singapore

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has launched what it is describing as Southeast Asia’s first advanced maritime energy test facility, with the aim of creating a platform for scientists and engineers to develop new eco-friendly maritime technologies.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Maritime Energy Test Bed will look to develop cleaner and more sustainable maritime energy solutions, including advanced scrubbers, alternative energy sources such as biodiesels, fuel additives to increase energy efficiency, and other technologies for cleaner emissions.

The R&D centre comes equipped with a fully-fledged 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 sensors and monitoring devices to facilitate research into energy storage, noise pollution and waste heat recovery.

The SGD$8 million facility will also serve as an educational platform for polytechnic students, undergraduates, and PhD candidates to gain experience in sustainable maritime technologies.

Research efforts will be led by the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) and Maritime Institute at NTU (MI@NTU). The centre was officially opened by Andrew Tan, chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

“MPA is pleased to partner NTU, Singapore Maritime Institute and our industry partners in this strategic undertaking,” said Mr Tan.

“The fruition of the Maritime Energy Test Bed represents a successful collaboration between the research sector and the industry, and is a timely development as the maritime sector looks to green and sustainable technologies to save on costs, mitigate the effects of climate change and address growing environmental regulations.”

The Maritime Energy Test Bed is jointly funded by NTU and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI). SMI will contribute SGD$4.7 million over the next 10 years, while NTU is providing SGD$3.4 million, with additional support coming from other maritime stakeholders such as ClassNK.{/mprestriction}

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