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Diploma in Clean Energy (T52)

2018 Planned Intake: 50 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 22

To support international efforts in SAVING GAIA, the Singapore government has put in place a comprehensive technology roadmap to transform our country into a global clean energy living laboratory.  Some of the initiatives include:

  • “SolarNova Programme” to install solar panels on the roofs of 5,500 HDB blocks by 2020
  • “Green Mark Programme” to “green” 80% of Singapore’s buildings by 2030
  • “Energy Conservation Acts” (introduced in 2013) and “Carbon Tax” (from 2019) to regulate sustainable energy management.

All these mean that you will have bright career prospects as there will be great demand for engineers/consultants/entrepreneurs in the following fields:

  • Project management of solar photovoltaic systems
  • Design and maintenance of air-conditioning systems
  • Operation and management of electrical facilities and services in buildings
  • Reliability management of electricity supplies to smart and green cities   
  • Energy efficiency management for green manufacturing and transportation

This course will equip you with relevant knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Motor control and automation
  • Power measurement and protection
  • Energy regulation and management

As holders of this diploma, you can have exciting career prospects in major companies such as Sunseap, Starhub, Sembcorp Industries, Singapore Power, JTC, Siemens, Schneider Electric, ABB, Mitsubishi Electric, Daikin, SMRT, and Keppel, just to name a few.

With our Diploma in Clean Energy, you will also be eligible to apply for the Associate Singapore Certified Energy Manager (ASCEM) accreditation, an industry recognised certification that will give you a career advantage.

So join us for a fruitful learning journey that leads to a bright future! 

 

 From a small base today, the clean energy sector here is growing rapidly, thanks to several government initiatives and the declining cost of technology. We anticipate significant demand for qualified personnel in the clean energy industry over the next few decades.
—  Christophe Inglin
     Managing Director
     Energetix Pte Ltd
     Deputy Chairman
     Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS)
Research and develop ways of drawing raw energy

 

Notable Features

  • This course is accredited as a Singapore Certified Energy Manager (SCEM) Associate-level programme, which means you get better industry recognition upon graduation.
  • You get to carry out projects in our Clean Energy Research Centre which is equipped with comprehensive fuel cell fabrication and testing facilities, the Temasek Microelectronics Centre with a Class 100 Cleanroom and the Energy System Laboratory with a 77kWp solar photovoltaic roof-top installation.
  • You will have plenty of opportunities to design your own clean energy technologies (e.g. solar lighting) and install them in third world countries as part of an Overseas Community Project, thereby applying your knowledge and skill to help the less fortunate and bring light into their lives.
  • You will be eligible to apply for industry scholarships or sponsorships given by the Building Construction Authority (BCA), as well as scholarships from the Energy Market Authority (EMA).
  • Our curriculum is robust, comprehensive, and highly relevant to today’s electrical & electronics as well as clean energy industries, where the focus is now on areas such as smart power grid, solar photovoltaic energy and energy efficient equipment and processes.

 

Career Prospects

As Singapore aims to become a clean and green smart nation, as well as a global clean energy hub, it has invested heavily in large-scale integrated living labs such as Smart Grids, the Cleantech Park, the Punggol Eco-Town, as well as the Electrical Vehicle Test-bed and Pulau Ubin Microgrid Test-bed.  Because of this, there will be many rewarding career opportunities in the electrical & electronics as well as clean energy industries in the decades ahead. 

Furthermore, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) has projected that the clean energy sector will grow as a result of mandatory energy management requirements under the Energy Conservation Act of 2013. 

The career prospects for holders of this diploma are therefore extremely bright and diverse.  You can find exciting and fulfilling jobs in the following industry sectors: 

  • Electrical sector – as Power System Engineers, Equipment Engineers or Safety Engineers
  • Manufacturing sector – as Equipment Engineers, Process Engineers or Facility Engineers
  • Solar Photovoltaic sector – as Project Engineers or System Integration Engineers
  • Building & Construction sector – as Environmental System Design (ESD) Engineers, Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) Engineers or Facility Engineers
  • Air-conditioning & Refrigeration sector – as Project Engineers, System Design Engineers or Product Engineers
  • Energy Services sector – as Energy Consultants or Energy Auditors
  • Public Service sector – as Public Service Officers (handling energy planning, green transportation & environmental management).

Further Education

You can gain admission into a wide range of degree programmes at local universities such as NUS, NTU, SMU, SUTD, SIT and UniSIM, as well as overseas universities in USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Advance standing for specific modules, or up to 2 years exemption may be given depending on the relevance of the degree programme.

To find out what degrees you can pursue and the advanced standing granted by the various universities, please click this link to access Our "Diploma to Degree Pathfinder" for guidance

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any one of the listed subjects^ Grades 1-6
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA

Note: Applicants should not be suffering from complete colour vision deficiency, uncontrolled epilepsy, profound hearing loss or severe vision impairment.

* SPM / UEC holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the Bahasa Inggeris (English Language) subject.

^ List of acceptable subjects: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computing/Computer Studies, Design & Technology, Electronics/Fundamentals of Electronics, Physics/Engineering Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry)/Physical Science.

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Fundamentals Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
ECS1005

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. 

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ECS1006

In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms.

12
ECS1007

In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered.

12
GCC1001

This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.

12
EIN1001

This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility. 

12
LEA1011

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1012

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1013

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LSW1002

This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.

12
MCR1001

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
MCR1002

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

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MCR1003

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

11
EGS1002

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

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EGS1003

You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.

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EGS1004

This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.

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EGS1005

Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.

13
TGL1001

This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.

13
ESI3001

The on-the-job training nature of the programme allows you to gain some industrial experience. Through this programme, you will be exposed to the work environment so that you can better appreciate and understand the problems and issues at the work place. The content and scope of learning varies from organisation to organisation.  However, it is envisaged that after the programme, you would have, in general, developed your communication and interpersonal skills as well as the right work ethics, and also become more mature, confident and independent, and have a more realistic expectation of what a working environment is like.

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* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects OR Guided Learning (TFS1006).

Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EED1001

This subject introduces you to the use of hand tools and standard laboratory equipment for the construction and testing of electronic prototypes. You will also learn to identify basic electronic components for project work and how to use them to build electronic devices.

13
EEE1001

This subject provides a good foundation in DC and AC network analysis. You will learn the basic principles of electric circuitry and how to apply circuit theorems to analyse DC and AC networks.

16
EEE1002

This subject covers the theory and practical knowledge of electronic devices such as diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors and their applications. It also focuses on the fundamentals of operational amplifiers and their applications, and the rudiments of circuit troubleshooting and testing.

16
EEE1003

This subject provides basic knowledge of digital electronics and circuits. Topics include number systems, operations and codes, logic gates, Boolean algebra and logic simplification, combinational logic, functional blocks, latches and flip-flops.

15
EEE1004

This subject builds upon the fundamentals of digital electronics acquired in Digital Fundamentals 1. It introduces the digital concepts of the various building blocks in a computer’s digital system. You will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge of registers, counters, memory devices, and conversions between digital and analogue signals and integrated circuit technologies. Digital troubleshooting techniques are also explored in the laboratory work.

15
EER1001

This subject provides the basic theoretical and practical knowledge for the design of electrical distribution and installation in facilities. It also introduces the safety requirements and regulations governing electrical distribution and installation.

14
EMA1002

The subject introduces the concept of calculus. Differentiation and integration techniques will be covered. These concepts will be used to formulate and solve mathematical problems. Various differentiation techniques (e.g., chain rule, product and quotient rules), and integration techniques (e.g., substitution, use of the mathematical table, integration by parts, partial fractions decomposition) will also be covered.

14
EMA1003

This subject teaches pre-calculus techniques required for an engineering course. It trains you in engineering problem-solving approaches using the appropriate mathematical tools. Topics such as simultaneous equations, matrices, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, complex numbers and vectors will be covered.

 

14
ESC1004

This subject covers a spectrum of fundamental physics laws and concepts applicable to the scope of engineering physics. It covers a few core areas including Mechanics, Energy, Thermal Physics, Electromagnetism, Waves & Optics and Materials. This subject provides a foundation for a further in depth study of the various engineering disciplines.

13
ESE1006

This subject covers the process of decomposing a problem into a sequence of smaller
abstractions. The abstractions are implemented in software in a structured top-down approach. Software implementation includes the process of designing, writing, testing, and debugging program code.

14
ESE1007

This subject covers the basic knowledge and skills needed for collecting, cleaning, and sharing data.  You should be able to apply techniques for data visualisation to facilitate more accurate and effective data-driven decisions.  Basic methods of descriptive and predictive analytics will be introduced and you will gain hands-on experience through the use of analytics software tools in case studies and problem demonstrations.

13
ECE2007

This subject covers the fuel cell technology and the control systems associated with their balance of plant (BOP). The integration and functions of an energy storage system with the fuel cell system will also be discussed.

24
ECE2008

This subject introduces the operating principles, design, fabrication and application of solar cells. The topics include semiconductor properties, p-n junction diodes, solar cell design and characterization, solar cell fabrication process technologies and power systems based on solar cells. The emphasis will be on silicon-based solar cells. The application of solar cells in a standalone and grid-connected power system will also be covered.

24
EER2001

This subject covers the operation of a power distribution network system in the transmission and distribution of electricity. The topics include system earthing, circuit breakers, fuses, cables, transformers etc. The different types of network protection scheme and calculations of fault will also be taught in this subject.

24
EGB2002

The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Ventilation (ACMV) system is one of the most important systems of a building and represents a significant portion of its total energy consumption. Hence, an understanding of the operating principles of a typical ACMV system is critical to maximizing the overall energy efficiency of a building.

24
EMA2003

This subject introduces ordinary differential equations and approximation using the Maclaurin series and Fourier series. You will learn how to formulate engineering problems using first and second order differential equations and to solve initial value problems using techniques such as Laplace transforms. The application of statistics – Hypothesis Testing – will also be taught.

24
EMC2001

This subject provides you with a working knowledge of embedded systems. It exposes you to the basics of microcontroller architecture, programming and application development. You will acquire knowledge the and skills through the development and testing of smart microcontroller-based systems for real-world applications such as an intelligent clothes hanger, a smart home, a bank automated queuing system, or a traffic-light and pedestrian crossing control system, among many others. 

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EBM3005

This subject covers two main areas: energy management and energy audit. For the former, the subject illustrates the intrinsic value and concept of energy management and the implementation consideration and steps involved. On Energy Audit, the emphasis is on energy audit methodology and procedures; and methods used to evaluate energy performance of buildings and its sub-systems. These will include use of energy performance benchmarks and comparison with acceptable practices and prevailing codes and regulations. Finally, the subject discusses the application of life cycle cost concept to evaluate the economic viability of proposals on improving energy performance.

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ECE3005

This subject covers the techniques used in process control and optimisation of energy efficiency in industrial processes. Enforcement of new requirements such as the Energy Conservation Act and implementation of relevant standards such as ISO50001 will also be discussed.

33
ECT3004

This subject covers the optimisation of motor drive systems with effective integration of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for efficient performance and energy saving.

33
EER3002

This subject covers the technical requirements and design considerations that are critical for system integration of modern electrical systems with renewable energy sources as well as energy storage systems. Advanced metering infrastructure and major control principles in smart grid and advanced diagnostics techniques for evaluating failure modes in electrical systems will also be covered.

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EMP3002

The Major Project gives you an opportunity to integrate and apply your knowledge in a practical learning situation. Besides research, design and project management skills, the emphasis will also be on innovation, creativity, teamwork and enterprise.

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Special Electives

Students can opt to take Special Electives when offered. These optional subjects aim to stretch the students' potential to enable them to meet their aspirations. 

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
EED3009

The focus of this subject is on the application of students’ existing domain knowledge to develop a deliverable.  The subject will introduce new skills and knowledge specific to the project, as and when required.

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EED3010

This subject provides opportunities for students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills, along with their fundamental and in-depth knowledge from different subjects to designing, developing, and implementing a well-engineered project solution.

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EED3011

Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.

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EED3012

Higher Engineering Skills 1 and 2 aim to impart some special design and hands-on skills that allow you to acquire knowledge and skills that are not normally incorporated into a diploma programme. These Special Elective subjects will equip you with the skills and knowledge to participate in competitions and enable you to tackle real challenges.

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EMA3001

The subject introduces mathematical concepts and techniques used in advanced engineering courses. You will learn topics in calculus such as limits and continuity, infinite series, improper integrals, multiple integrals, higher order differential equations, 2D and 3D analytic geometry, and partial differentiation.

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Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 93 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 129 credit units

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Contact Us

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Engineering

  (65) 6780 5144
  (65) 6787 7641
  enghotline@tp.edu.sg

Teaching Staff

Staff Staff Name Designation Phone Email

Ng Kee Wee

M.Eng, B.Eng (Hons)

Course Manager 67806657 keewee@tp.edu.sg

Koo Siang Chuei

B.Eng (Hons)

Course Co-ordinator 67805461 koosc@tp.edu.sg

Chong Beng Leng, Fred

M.EngSc, B.Eng (EE) (Hons)

Section Head 67805447 bengleng@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Oon Chin Hin

Ph.D, B.ASc

Section Head 67805430  oonch@tp.edu.sg

Balajadia, Efren Lansangan

B.Sc (EE), M.Eng

Senior Lecturer  67805633  efrenlb@tp.edu.sg 

Dr. Suguna Thanagasundram

B.Eng (Electrical), M.Sc (Info & Comm Engr), Ph.D

Senior Lecturer 67805937 suguna@tp.edu.sg

Dr. Zhu Shihe

Ph.D, M.Sc, M.Eng

Senior Lecturer 67806609 zhushihe@tp.edu.sg

Toh Lee Nah

M.Sc (EE), B.Eng (EEE)

Lecturer 67805470 leenah@tp.edu.sg

Yeo Soo Pin

B.Mech (Hons)

Lecturer 67805442 soopin@tp.edu.sg

Student Achievements

Competitions

 

Shell Eco Marathon Race 2018
Three students from the Diploma in Clean Energy were part of a team which designed, built, tested and raced their wholly original eco-car in the Shell Eco Marathon – a competition to find the most fuel efficient vehicle which runs on clean energy.  Their hydrogen fuel cell-powered eco-car, incorporating the world’s smallest and lightest fuel cell invented by TP’s School of Engineering, completed the stipulated 10km route using the least amount of hydrogen to clinch the Gold award in the hydrogen category.  The competition was held on 11 Mar 2018 at the Changi Exhibition Centre.


Greenwave Environmental Care Competition

A team of 4 students from the Diploma in Clean Energy designed the "Artificial Stimulator Recycling Machine".  The device is equipped with sensors to verify the material – paper, plastic or metal – of the rubbish deposited into the respective chambers in the machine.  If the item is correctly deposited, it is shredded and dispensed into one of three specific bins inside the device, while the user gets one chance to pick a soft toy from the claw machine linked to it.  However, if the rubbish is made of the wrong material, it would be dispensed back to the user via an outlet.  The invention won an Encouragement award in the annual Greenwave Environmental Care competition 2017. 


IES Community Innovation Challenge &
Greenwave Environmental Care Competition
Reservoirs, river and lakes in Singapore may be cleaner than ever before, if an invention by three students from the Diploma in Clean Energy is implemented.  The students' invention, the "Watercraft Guard" is a solar-powered craft capable of autonomously scouring the surface of the water to collect floating debris such as plastics as well as pollutants such as oil.  Equipped with GPS, it can navigate to specific locations, while an ultrasonic sensor allows it to detect and avoid obstructions.  The invention won a Gold award in the IES Community Innovation Challenge (2017) and a Commendation award in the Greenwave Environmental Care competition (2016). 


Sembcorp-EMA Energy Challenge
Clean Energy students won the Bronze award in the Polytechnic category of the Sembcorp-EMA Energy Challenge (2017).  Using the "PowerQuest" computer simulation, the students managed a power eco-system which required them to balance profitability, reliability and environmental sustainability.  They also took part in the "Powering Lives Trail" comprising an experiential tour of SembCorp Cogen @ Banyan and the Pulau Ubin micro-grid test bed, to gain prior insights into the operational challenges of managing energy systems.



Energy Innovation Challenge
A cost-effective and energy-efficient “Thermal-electric Chiller Box” that is powered by solar energy, designed and fabricated by two Clean Energy students, won a Merit award in the annual Energy Innovation Challenge (2016).  Particularly useful for villagers in third world countries where electricity is not available, the chiller box enables them to store and preserve perishable food, thereby helping to enhance their livelihood.  A thermo-electric peltier module provides the cooling while a small blower fan circulates the air within the box to maintain a cool temperature.  An Arduino microcontroller, linked to a temperature sensor, is used to monitor the temperature inside the box and display it on an LCD screen.


Scholarships

Students from the Diploma in Clean Energy have won numerous scholarships for their diploma studies.  Some of these students are:


PCF Study Award
Muhammad Hariz B Roslan, formerly from Changkat Changi Secondary School.

 

A*STAR Science Award
Chan Che En, formerly from Pasir Ris Sec School.


Kang Hean Ming, formerly from Maris Stella High School



Daisy Phay Foundation Scholarship
Tsui Siu Ming, formerly from Pasir Ris Sec School.


Lee Foundation Scholarship
Beh Xun Quan, formerly from Guangyang Sec School


SMF Clean Energy Scholarship
Tabitha Ong Jie Yi, formerly from Singapore Sports School

Projects

Major Projects


Electric Mobility Vehicle for First and Last Mile Transport

Long distance public transportation is usually provided by our MRT system.  However there is still a need for a reliable, cost effective and environment friendly transportation for the first and last mile.  This electric mobility vehicle (EMV) was designed just for this purpose, and is especially suitable for the elderly, disabled and pregnant women.  The EMV has a solar cell on its roof and is operated by a mobile phone application. 

 


Public Area Illumination by Beam Shaping
This project involves the development of a new lighting system for large outdoor public areas such walkways and roads.  Unlike a typical outdoor lighting system which depends on multiple luminaires at ground level, this system comprises only a single illuminator from an elevated level such as a roof of a tall building, similar to a large floodlight.  However, instead of illuminating the entire area, the light source is designed to only selectively light a small predefined area.  This is achieved by shaping the beam from the luminaire using a customised LED arrangement and the internal optics of the light source.  Abstract patterns can also be formed for artistic effect.


Industrial Inverter Chiller Comparison
Industrial refrigeration systems in the form of chilled display cabinets are widely used in the food and beverage industry.  This project is an industrial collaboration project between Temasek Polytechnic and Heatcraft Refrigeration Asia Pte Ltd to compare the energy efficiency of an “inverter” and “fixed” refrigeration system in a tropical country.  Based on the results, a 35% saving in energy consumption can be achieved using an “inverter” system.

 


Solar Powered Standalone Mosquito Catcher
This is a solar powered device that is able to independently attract and exterminate mosquitos.  The system is designed to be maintenance-free by using solar energy to power its day to day operation.  It uses a heat source to attract the mosquitos to approach the exterminator.  An air multiplier is then used to suck in the mosquitos, which are electrocuted by an electric zapper.


Comparative Lifecycle Assessment of HPS & LED Street Technologies
This project was carried out by our students working in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech). It involved doing a comparison between the use of High Pressure Sodium (HPS) technology and Light Emitting (LED) technology, so as to develop a new LED street-lighting prototype suitable for local use. Simulation tools such as the SCL software and LightMtrx were used to measure the carbon footprint and luminance level during the operational phase for both street-lighting technologies. The findings were then shared with the LTA, so as to help them improve the quality and environmental friendliness of Singapore’s street lighting.


Energy Management iPhone App to Interface with Smart Energy Meters
This project, carried out by our students in collaboration with Intraix Pte Ltd, involved the development of an energy data acquisition system to extract and record the data from commonly used smart energy meters. The energy data acquisition system developed was successfully embedded into an energy management application for iPhone. The app can be used for energy monitoring and control.


Screen capture of the energy management iPhone app

Research and Development (R&D) Projects


Modelling & Characteristic Simulation of a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)
This was a joint project with our Clean Energy Research Centre (where R&D on clean energy issues technologies are carried out in our School). The project involves the development of a PEMFC model based on a set of mathematical models using Matlab/Simulink. The proposed model was then tested with experiments using a real-life fuel cell. The key parameters (variables) were then tweaked to see how it affects the performance of a PEMFC. The findings were then exhibited at the 2nd International Conference on Molecular & Functional Catalysis held at the Biopolis from 30-31 July 2012.



Competition Projects


Photovoltaic Outdoor Laboratory
The project was carried out in collaboration with St Margaret’s Secondary School. The objective was to design, configure and install a 1.2 kWp standalone photovoltaic (solar power) system as an outdoor laboratory in St Margaret’s Secondary School. This outdoor solar lab, as it is called, allows students of the school to learn about solar energy in a real life meaningful context. The project won its inventor, Koh Jia Wen, the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy award in 2013.


The outdoor solar lab at St Margaret’s Sec School


Rain Water Harvesting & Water Sterilisation System
The project was carried out in collaboration with Tampines North Primary School.  Combining a water collection system and a TiO2 photo-catalysis water treatment system, our Clean Energy students designed and installed this device in Tampines North Primary School’s mini eco-farm (where the school’s pupils plant and learn about food crops).  This new system, which is solar powered by a 240kWp photovoltaic system, allows rain water to be collected and sterilised, so that pupils do not need to depend on a pipeline to channel water to the eco-farm.  This project earned its team leader, Poh Jun Jie, the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy award in 2013.


Jun Jie (right) with his Rain Water Harvesting and Sterilisation System

Facilities

The course is supported by the state-of-the-art laboratories and Centres of Excellence, which ensure that our students are trained to handle the latest equipment in a dynamically evolving clean energy industry.


Clean Energy Research Centre


This is the leading research centre in Singapore and the only dedicated one among educational institutions here providing clean energy solutions for sustainable urban living.  The Centre focuses on clean energy generation, energy storage and efficient power management and distribution for a variety of industrial applications such as portable power, electric vehicles and distributed generation.  

Within our Clean Energy Research Centre, you will find full design and fabrication capabilities in fuel cells and power electronics, as well as state-of-the-art equipment for conducting applied and industry-relevant R&D.  There is also a fuel cell power applications lab which showcases the latest fuel cell applications developed by our staff and students, such as a fuel cell power boat and fuel cell cars.

On the roof of this Centre, you will find solar panels which supply part of the building’s energy needs, as well as lab facilities for research & development in biomass.  Today, our Centre is a preferred partner for developing cutting-edge technologies and is also a specialist training centre for the emerging renewable energy industry.


The Class-100 Cleanroom 


Cleanrooms are controlled environments with an extremely low level of pollutants such as dust or impurities.  The classification of a cleanroom indicates the amount, as well as size of pollutant particles, that are allowed in that room.  Our Class-100 cleanroom, which comes complete with HEPA filters, AHU, exhaust scrubber and a DI water plant, houses wafer fabrication processing and cleaning equipment closely monitored by Lighthouse facilities monitoring System and Soxal gas detection system.  As a Clean Energy student, you will be given hands-on opportunities to use our Cleanroom, where you will fabricate Silicon solar cells.


Energy System Laboratory 


This lab facilitates applied research in photovoltaic (PV) test-bedding projects.  There are three towers of PV system installation on the roof of our new West Wing building, with a total handling capacity of 77kWp. The facility is supported by Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) under the Clean Energy Research & Test-bedding (CERT) Programme.

Tower A with its Multi-Generation PV Systems aims to study the various PV modules namely polycrystalline silicon, hybrid and CIGS modules as a multi-generation PV system in a tropical climate.

Tower B with its Y frames of Bifacial PV Modules aims to test the concept of using bifacial PV panels as the integrated parts of a rooftop garden for providing shade.

Tower C with its Building Integrated PV System aims to analyse the impact of additional PV energy produced as a result of the infrared (IR) light reflected from window glazing.

Diploma Student Club

The Student Club for the Diploma in Clean Energy, called “Energy Oasis”, functions alongside the other Engineering Diploma clubs under the umbrella of Engineering Studies Club (ESC) to promote and support School and Poly-wide activities and programmes.  The club takes the lead in organising various activities for its diploma students, so as to foster team spirit and a sense of identity, as well as to provide opportunities for leadership development.

Some of the activities organised by “Energy Oasis” include the following:

1) Community Service Activities

Round the year, our students perform community service activities in collaboration with community service groups or associations.  Examples of such activities include newspaper collection in the neighbourhood, picking up litter at public places, or even helping to clean and spruce up the homes of the elderly or needy. 

For example, students spent one afternoon restoring order to an elderly widow’s Circuit Road flat at the invitation of the Assisi Hospice.  With the owner’s permission, they rummaged through mountains of plastic bags, boxes, broken appliances and empty bottles accumulated over the decades, carted away unwanted garbage, cleaned up the place, and reorganised her belongings into neat boxes.  Besides doing their bit for the community, the project also helped them to better understand the feelings and needs of the elderly.


Clean Energy students, Valerie and Fiona in action

On World Environment Day each year, the club also rallies its students to do their bit for the environment.  For example, the clean energy students marked the occasion by picking up rubbish at Marina Barrage in 2014.  Although it was a hot and energy-sapping task, the students found it a meaningful activity.


Clean Energy students cleaning the Marina Barrage area

2) Clean Energy Freshmen Orientation Camp 

In additional to the general School-level orientation, our diploma club also organises its own mini orientation for every batch of students from the Diploma in Clean Energy.  Games, bonding sessions, and academic briefing sessions aim to help our new students get into the stride of poly life quickly, both academically and socially.



3) Annual Campus Relay Race

Students from our diploma get together to take part in the annual campus relay race, which promotes interaction and bonding among participants, while rallying the diploma study body to get together to support their course mates.



4) Study Trips 

Study trips are regularly organised for Clean Energy students, during which they visit facilities to learn about the clean energy infrastructure and equipment being used.  Such study trips are valuable learning experiences where education comes to life for them.

a) Malaysia
One example is the study trip to Malaysia, where students visit the Panasonic Econation Centre in Kuala Lumpur, historical sites in Malacca, and the Universiti Tenaga Nasional.


At Christchurch in Malacca

b) Pulau Ubin
During the visit to Pulau Ubin, Clean Energy students check out the Microgrid Testbed and how solar panels are used to generate electricity.


At the Pulau Ubin Microgrid

c) Semakau Landfill & Senoko Waste-To-Energy Plant
Study trips to local waste management facilities such as the Semakau Landfill and the Senoko Waste-To-Energy Plant allow students to learn about how waste is managed.   

A landfill is a site for the disposal of waste materials by burial and is the oldest form of waste treatment. Historically, landfills have been the most common method of organised waste disposal and remain so in many places around the world, including Singapore.  


At the Semakau Landfill

A waste-to-energy plant on the other hand, is a waste management facility which burns rubbish to produce electricity. Typically, the net electrical energy that can be produced is about 500 to 600 kWh of per ton of waste incinerated.


At the Senoko Waste-To-Energy Plant 

Alumni Success Stories

1) Lee Xue Le Clarisse (2017)

Lee Xue Le Clarisse, who graduated with a Diploma in Clean Energy in 2017, was selected for the Poly-goes-UAS (PGU) scholarship programme to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree from a University of Applied Sciences (“UAS”) in Germany.  In addition to receiving full tuition fees and living allowances, the former student of St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School will get to learn the German language, receive training through continuous internships with her sponsoring company in Germany, and a job placement in the company upon graduation. 


2) Aliah Bte Sulaiman (2014)

Aliah Bte Sulaiman (graduated in 2014) was awarded the Anugerah Khas MENDAKI (Polytechnic) 2014 scholarship for her excellent academic performance in the 2013-2014 academic year.


Aliah and her parents on Graduation Day


3) Joanna Chew (2013)

Joanna Chew, who graduated with a Diploma in Clean Energy in 2013, was indeed our ‘green’ ambassador.  She won the National Climate Change Competition (Bronze) in 2011 and the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventor's Award competition (Commendation) in 2012.  In addition, as her major project in her final year of study, Joanna set up an online environmental portal, called "Kembangan Greenery Wiki Albums" for the residents of Kembangan (where she lives). The portal allows residents to learn about trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs in their neighbourhood. For that project, she was conferred the prestigious Bayer Young Environmental Envoy award 2012 for her contributing towards environmental conservation in Singapore.


Joanna receiving her award from Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan


4) Zen Chen Zhangxiang (2012)

Zhangxiang received the prestigious NYAA Gold Award from H. E. President Dr Tony Tan at the 12th NYAA Gold Award Ceremony 2012 for his outstanding contribution in his CCA.  He is from our pioneer batch of Diploma in Clean Energy graduates, who obtained their diploma in 2012.


5) Nashmeer Khan (2012)

Nashmeer Khan was one of our outstanding students from the first batch of our relaunched Diploma in Clean Energy.  He received the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) Excellence Award 2012 (Diploma Category), for his academic excellence.  Nashmeer is currently enrolled in the Business Engineering in Sustainable Energy degree programme at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts, Switzerland. 


6) Lim Hui Zhi Nicholas (2012)

Lim Hui Zhi, Nicholas, who graduated from this diploma in 2012, was awarded the Energy Market Authority (EMA) scholarship, which covers full tuition fees and allowances to study at a local university. Nicholas is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) course at NUS.

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