Press Release Date: 23 Mar 07|
Poly also to set up $5.5 million Centre expected to be the Hotbed for Singapore’s Clean Energy Research & Development
At a recent Press Conference after the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council meeting, PM Lee Hsien Loong commented that Clean Energy is in great demand worldwide because of climate change, thus “it is an area where technology will move, market opportunities will grow and investments are likely to come”. He also announced a dedicated $170-million R&D fund to developing Clean Energy.
As part of the initiative to develop Singapore into a hub for Clean Energy Solutions, Temasek Polytechnic (TP), with the support of the Economic Development Board (EDB), will be setting up a Fuel Cell Community, comprising collaborative partners from the industry, to spearhead the drive towards the use of fuel cells. This community will provide the necessary support to help technopreneurs and companies conceptualise, fund and commercialise fuel cell initiatives. Some of these companies include ST Kinetics, CPG Facilities Management, Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council, GasHub Technology and Agni Inc. A full listing of the companies involved is attached.
This first-of-its-kind Fuel Cell Community in Singapore will be launched by Mr Lim Siong Guan, Chairman, EDB, on Monday, 26 March 07, at 2.00 pm at Auditorium 2 of TP. This initiative comes at the initial phase of Singapore’s plan to set up a fuel cell industry hub which will position the country as a place for innovation in fuel cell technology and applications.
Fuel Cells are electrochemical devices that combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, with water and heat as its by-product.Since the conversion of the fuel to energy takes place via an electrochemical process, not combustion, the process is clean, quiet and highly efficient – two to three times more efficient than fuel burning in a typical internal combustion engine.
As a testimony of TP’s commitment to Fuel Cell R&D, the polytechnic will be setting up a Fuel Cell Application Centre located in Temasek Engineering School.Costing some $5.5 million, this Centre, which is a first in the region, will act as a focal point for fuel cell technology applications and solutions. Some key facilities in the Centre include a fuel cell assembly and hot-press area, a fuel cell test-bedding facility for complete end to end testing, a clean room for electro assembly and a hydrogen generation room comprising a reformer system and an electrolyzer system. The Centre is expected to be ready by November 2007.
Programme For Official Launch Of Fuel Cell Community on 26 March 2007
|1:00pm||Press Conference by EDB at Temasek Engineering School Directorate Conference Room|
|2:00pm||Registration for Official Launch at Auditorium 2|
Speech by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Lim Siong Guan, Chairman, EDB
Presentation on Fuel Cell Community
Sharing by Fuel Cell Community Member – Gashub Technology
Sharing by Fuel Cell Community Partner – Precision Technologies
Official Launch of Fuel Cell Community
Presentation of Plaques to Founding Members and Partners
|4:00pm||Exhibition and Tea Reception|
|5:00pm||End of Programme|
Temasek Polytechnic’s Fuel Cell Champions
Cham Yew Thean
Mr. Cham Yew Thean leads the 18 staff strong fuel cell programme in Temasek Polytechnic. Currently, his team is involved in industry collaboration fuel cell projects with fuel cell companies, overseas universities, local universities, ASTAR Research Institutes such as SIMTECH and IMRE as well as national defence agency DSTA. He is also spearheading the Singapore Fuel Cell Community supported by EDB. Currently, his research interests are in the area of PEM fuel cell power conditioning system control and integration. Mr. Cham has extensive design experiences in the area of power electronic converters and control. He is currently a senior member of IEEE and MIES.
Mr. Han Ming is currently working as a research scientist in the fuel cell programme at Temasek Engineering School. Mr. Han Ming has 15-years design experience on fuel cell experimental process and engineering R&D as well as the practical applications of fuel cell technology. He initiated the fuel cell research programme at Dalian Institute of Physical Chemistry (DICP), Chinese Science Academy, China. While at DICP, he was appointed the Head of PEMFC Group and Associate Professor cum Acting Director of the Lab for New Energy Sources and Fuel Cell R&D Centre. In 2000, he joined the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), an A*STAR Research Institute, as a Research Fellow undertaking PEM fuel cell technology research. In 2005, he was seconded to Gashub Technology as a technical consultant under the T-Up programme of A-Star. While at GasHub Technology, he developed innovative fuel cell applications and solutions and fuel cell stack assembly production processes.
Founding Members & Partners Of The Singapore Fuel Cell Community
- AGNI Inc
- Clean Fuel Storage Pte Ltd
- Gashub Technology Pte Ltd
- Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies Pte Ltd
- Interlink Power System Pte Ltd
- NeuroFlash Pte Ltd
- Palcan Power Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
- Real Time Engineering Pte Ltd
- Wangtec Inc
- Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council
- CPG Facilities Management Pte Ltd
- Desner Electronics (Far East) Pte Ltd
- ECS Real Time Systems (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd
- Precision Technologies Pte Ltd
- Singapore Oxygen Air Liquide Pte Ltd (SOXAL)
- Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd (ST Kinetics)
- Van Der Horst Holdings Pte Ltd