28 August 2009
28 August 2009
Scientists have been awarded S$27.5 million in research funding for 28 projects in four key areas of Sustainable Development, namely, Carbon Capture & Utilisation, BioEnergy & BioFuels, Sustainable Construction and Sustainable Materials.
The funding from A*STAR's Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) will support research teams from A*STAR research institutes and local institutes of higher learning to develop innovative solutions to manage environmental deterioration, pressures on natural resources and climate change brought on by rapid growth and urbanisation.
Said Prof Charles Zukoski, Chairman of the SERC, ""This is part of SERC’s efforts to leverage on science and technology to grow mission-oriented research for high value technological outcomes for the benefit of industry and the community. By establishing excellent scientific capabilities and resources, we are able to push technological frontiers in areas pertinent to energy and environment. This will help develop Singapore into a global centre for knowledge and expertise in the emerging area of Sustainable Development.""
Led by Dr He Chaobin, Senior Scientist at A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), the eight sustainable material projects aim to develop composite and lightweight materials that are energy efficient, non-toxic, and recyclable for targeted industries such as the aerospace and automotive sectors.
The new materials developed will have enhanced properties that will make them durable and reusable, thus improving cost-efficiency and enabling better management of industry waste.
Two of the projects will seek to explore the various ways lightweight, high strength magnesium-based alloys and composites may be used to enhance mobility, save fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions due to their capability to realize weight savings and improve fuel economy.
Besides research projects in Carbon Capture & Utilisation, BioEnergy & BioFuels, Sustainable Construction and Sustainable Materials, A*STAR is also conducting research in Solar Photovoltaics, Next Generation Power Grids, Intelligent Energy Distribution, Fuel Cells, Sustainable Production of Fuels & Chemicals and Sustainable Manufacturing.
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Saertex is introducing two new products focusing on fire protection.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.