SINGAPORE - Set up by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), the facility within NTU will host research into greener ship and port technologies, including alternative fuels, emissions control and waste heat recovery. For instance, it will have a 1.5 megawatt diesel engine on site which can be modified to run on various fuels.
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NTU to set up South-east Asia's first Maritime Energy Test Bed
Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is establishing an advanced maritime energy test facility -- the first in South-east Asia.
Named the Maritime Energy Test Bed, it will be open to scientists and engineers from both academia and industry to do research and development work in green ship and port technologies, which includes alternative fuels, fuel additives, engine emissions and control.
This was announced today at the SMI Forum by Mr Teo Siong Seng, Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI). The new facility is jointly funded by NTU and SMI and will be ready by 2015. SMI will contribute S$4.7 million over the next 10 years, while NTU provides S$3.4 million, with support from the industry.
"The establishment of the Maritime Energy Test Bed will help in the translation of innovative technologies from lab-scale to large-scale application where new technologies will be tested prior to sea trials. The METB is a significant component in demonstrating and raising Singapore's maritime R&D capabilities and expertise," Mr Teo said.
Jointly proposed by the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) and Maritime Institute at NTU (MI@NTU), the new test bed will play a big part in keeping Singapore at the forefront of maritime research and development. The facility will be tapping a potential maritime market segment estimated to be worth billions of dollars world worldwide.