JTC Corporation (JTC), in partnership with the Economic Development Board (EDB), launched CleanTech One at CleanTech Park with a tree-planting ceremony to signify the seeding of clean technology (cleantech) activities at its first multi-tenanted building. Key local and international cleantech-related organisations will be locating their facilities at CleanTech One by 2012.
Singapore’s first eco-business park will see a clustering of cleantech R&D, engineering and headquarter activities under one roof at CleanTech One to encourage cross-fertilisation of ideas and facilitate opportunities for collaboration and strategic alliances.
Public sector organisations include Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s research institutes in energy and water research, i.e. the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N). The Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) laboratories on photovoltaic (PV) module performance analysis and solar powered air-conditioning will also be located in CleanTech One. This includes the SERIS Testing and Certification Lab, a joint undertaking between SERIS and VDE-ISE Pte Ltd on PV module certification.
Private research companies will include Danish company DHI Water & Environment (S) Pte. Ltd. which specializes in water and environmental research and consultancy services; Sinomem Technology Limited, a leader in water purification in China; and SOLID Asia, one of the world’s leading specialists in large-scale solar thermal systems. Industry multiplier, the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), will also be locating their office at CleanTech One. More information about these companies can be found in Annex A.
Mr Cedric Foo, Chairman of JTC, said at the tree-planting ceremony, “As an industrial infrastructure innovator, JTC takes pride in providing innovative solutions to meet the long-term interests of our customers. By locating themselves at CleanTech One, companies can demonstrate their commitment towards green technologies.”
CleanTech One, which will be completed in December 2011, employs a unique design strategy which ensures that the development appears as an entity of the existing environment, nestled in lush greenery. Its efficient building features also seek to take full advantage of the surrounding natural resources. For example, its two towers are built with minimum east-west facing façade to gain the most optimal solar orientation. To further reduce heat gain, the atrium is naturally ventilated with the façade carefully designed with a windwall that channels wind through the two tower blocks, improving air circulation.
In addition, as one of Singapore’s ‘living labs’, CleanTech One provides a low-risk environment where novel green solutions can be developed and test-bedded before large-scale commercialization. For example, the sky trellis, which is a green canopy constructed between adjacent buildings, serves to lower heat build-up on the building facade. The resulting lowered demand for air conditioning will ultimately translate to cost savings. More information on other green features at CleanTech One can be found in the attached factsheet.
The cleantech industry has been identified as a key new growth industry for Singapore. As a key initiative of the S$1 billion Singapore Sustainable Blueprint, CleanTech Park is poised to boost Singapore’s leadership position as an innovative cleantech hub for global markets.
The masterplan for the 50 ha CleanTech Park at Nanyang Avenue was first unveiled by JTC and EDB on 25 February, 2010. It will be developed in three phases and is targeted to be completed in 2030. Construction for Phase 1 (including CleanTech One) commenced in May. When all the phases are completed, CleanTech Park will provide 20,000 ‘green’ collar jobs.