JTC awards S$900,000 to fund research projects

JTC Corporation (JTC) today awarded a total grant of $900,000 to fund three research projects which are aimed at improving the environmental sustainability of its industrial parks. Out of the three projects, two were submitted by the Nanyang Technological University and one by the National University of Singapore.

At an agreement signing ceremony held today at The JTC Summit between JTC
and the three research teams from the two tertiary institutions, Mr Manohar Khiatani,
Chief Executive Officer at JTC, said, “This is part of our efforts to proactively seek new
ideas outside of JTC to complement our own ideas and increase our capacity for
innovation to sustain Singapore’s competitive edge in industrial infrastructure. We are
pleased and encouraged by the quality of the submissions received. JTC plans to conduct
this exercise annually.”

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) School of Civil and Environmental
Engineering submitted a proposal to study the reduction of urban heat by using ground
water to cool buildings in industrial parks. The second project by the NTU School of
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering proposed the development of an evaluation tool
offering easy-to-use building energy analysis and thermal load simulation to aid the
design of energy-efficient buildings.

Finally, the National University of Singapore (NUS) Department of Architecture
proposed an automatic carbon tool which allows for performance tracking and carbon
calculation for buildings and estates, thereby reducing the time and effort needed for
carbon assessment in JTC estates. More information on these projects can be found in
Annex A.

As an industrial infrastructure innovator, JTC places priority on developing
innovative and sustainable solutions to meet the evolving needs of industralists.

In March 2010, JTC reached out to external partners for innovative ideas to enhance
Singapore’s industrial infrastructure. JTC launched the inaugural JTC Innovation Fund,
via a Request for Proposal (RFP) inviting ideas which can be developed for intensifying
land use and optimising the use of limited natural resources such as land, water and
energy for a long-term sustainable environment. The RFP was targeted at institutions of
higher learning, private and public sector organizations in Singapore.

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