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Sustainable Urban Solutions Tech Cluster

 

This tech cluster consists of the following two tech centres:

  • “Aerospace” Tech Centre @ AeroHub AE410
  • “Sustainable Energy” Tech Centre @ T12704

About the Centre

These two centres are part of the core Technology Centres under the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. They are project development centres with technical support from the academic staff who are actively involved in technology projects. They also provide students with facilities to work on a variety of projects. They support the diploma courses in our School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering. In addition, they also provide customised courses to retrain and upgrade manpower for aerospace and power industries.

The Aerospace Tech Centre was established in 2003. It supports the Diploma in Aerospace Electronics and provides staff and students with facilities to carry out wide spectrum of aerospace technology projects.

The Sustainable Energy Tech Centre aspires to be the centre of excellence in the learning and development of sustainable energy technology, smart energy systems and green transportation systems. The main R&D areas of the centre are in renewable energy applications, energy efficiency, microgrids and smart grids.
The two centres seek collaborations with industry and academic/research institutes for training and development of technology solutions in the various areas such as flight simulators, aircraft electronic and electrical systems, UAVs; green transportations, renewable energy applications, energy efficiency, microgrids and smart grid etc.

Capabilities and Technical Services

The centres specialise in R&D and applied projects in the following technology areas:

  • Design and building of flight simulator prototypes and semi-autonomous/autonomous flying machines (UAVs)
  • UAV aerial imaging and 3D model reconstruction
  • Consultancies in power and energy systems and green transportation
  • Project development in emerging technologies in the areas of solar photovoltaic, wind energy, microgrids and smart grids, electrical power systems and green transportation systems etc

Backed by the vast experience of the members, the centres have been providing technical consultation, training, seminars and project collaboration to the local government, education institutions, businesses and industry.

Project Showcase

The centres promote a wide array of applied R&D projects undertaken by students and staff. Some of the achievements and past projects are shown below:

  • Awards from local/International competitions

Various awards in Autonomous and Open Category SAFMC 2017 (L) and 2nd Place at Robocup Iran UAV Open 2017
  • UAV Aerial Imaging and 3D Model Reconstruction from Aerial Images

3D Reconstructed Model of SP Arena


3D Reconstructed Model of Sports Complex

  • DC Microgrid System for Smart Grid Performance Enhancement

This is Singapore government (EMA) funded R&D project in collaboration with Singapore Power SP PowerGrid Ltd. The project aims to develop an intelligent, modularly designed grid-connected DC microgrid control system. Such a system minimizes the negative impact of the distributed renewable energy that are generated from solar PVs and wind turbines, and enhances smart grid performance in terms of system efficiency, stability and reliability through the developed smart power management units and system controllers.

  • AC/DC Hybrid MicroGrid system

MicroGrid system, a modern concept for a small-scale localized electricity generation and distribution system, has been developed and operated by students in SP. The system, integrating different energy sources and energy storages, is able to operate in two different modes: "island" mode" and "grid-connected" mode to provide both 240 VAC and 24 VDC electrical power in a lab setup.

  • Mobile MicroGrid Management System

This is Singapore government (MOE) funded R&D project in collaboration with ST Kinetics Ltd. The project aims to develop a standalone mobile power network management system that is capable of integrating multiple small gensets as well as small renewable energy resources. This is done through smart controls with power electronics-based converters, resulting in a mobile microgrid power system with high power capacity and energy efficiency.

  • Development Of An Integrated Solar Photovoltaic-thermal (PVT) Module For The Tropics

This is Singapore government (MOE/EDB) funded R&D project in collaboration with Grenzone Pte Ltd and NUS.  The project aims to design and develop a novel and compact PVT collector and its smart management system that integrates solar PV and solar thermal systems to achieve improved overall energy efficiency and energy density.

  • 4.6kW solar-wind-hybrid stand-alone system

This system is for research on solar and wind hybrid operation. It is composed of the following: 2.1kW solar PV system, 2.5kW wind generator and energy storage. The system converts both solar and wind energy into electrical energy for electrical appliances in the laboratory or is stored in the battery bank.

  • 19.2kW grid-connected solar photovoltaic system

This system is to study the performance of a PV system connected to the power grid. It consists of four 4.8kW mono-crystalline solar PV systems. The systems are connected to a low voltage grid and supply the power to the teaching blocks. The system has been operating successfully since its installation.

  • 48.88kW solar photovoltaic test bed (EDB CERT project)

The test bed consists of two different systems: one with 10 different PV technologies and another with 13 different installations. The main objectives of this EDB project are to study the performance of various PV technologies in the tropical region and to investigate the impact of different installations on the energy yield of PV system in Singapore.

  • LED Lightings

A few new types of high performance power electronic drivers for high power LEDs have been successfully developed and commissioned in industrial environment for area lightings applications. The most notable one being the lighting up of the water features of Terminal 3 of Changi Airport.

  • Various Green Transportation Projects

Collaboration

  • DSO National Laboratories
  • ST Aerospace (TTC)
  • Economic Development Board (EDB)
  • Energy Market Authority (EMA)
  • National Environment Agency (NEA)
  • National University of Singapore(NUS)
  • Nanyang Technology of University(NTU)
  • University of New South Wales, Australia
  • SP PowerGrid Ltd
  • ST Kinetics Ltd
  • ABB Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Sanyo Asia Pte Ltd
  • Grenzone Pte Ltd

Courses and Seminars

The centre conducts courses and seminars in the following areas:

  • Advanced Elective Module in Aerospace Electronics
  • Electrical supply, Transmission and Distribution – MFA Asian training course
  • Solar Photovoltaics – NEA training programme
  • Wind energy system – NEA training programme
  • Design of Photovoltaic System – WSQ training course
  • Maintenance of photovoltaic system – WSQ training course

Contact Information

Dr. Jiang Hao
Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 6870 4846
Fax: 6772 1974
   
Dr Tan Hwee Siang
Technology Leader (Aerospace Electronics), School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Email: [email protected]sg
Phone: : 6772 1435
Fax: 6772 1974
   

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