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​NTU partners Guoxuan High-Tech Power Energy Co. to set up joint laboratory in energy research

Published on: 22-Dec-2017

​Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has partnered Guoxuan High-Tech Power Energy Co., Ltd. (Guoxuan), one of China’s leading battery manufacturers, to research and develop new energy technologies specially tailored for tropical climates.

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NTU Prof Lam Khin Yong (fifth from right) and Guoxuan chairman Li Zhen (fourth from right) in a group photograph taken at the signing.

The S$5 million partnership will see the creation of a new Guoxuan-NTU Joint Laboratory to conduct research on battery, energy storage and electric vehicle technologies.

The lab will tap on NTU’s strengths in research and innovation, and Guoxuan’s expertise to develop the cutting-edge technology, which is another example of translational research being carried out at the University.

NTU’s Acting Provost, Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), Professor Lam Khin Yong said, “Renewable energy technologies are playing an increasingly important role in the world's energy mix. This exciting new partnership marks the strong commitment by NTU Singapore and Guoxuan to jointly develop innovative energy solutions to meet the rapidly growing energy demand in the tropics.

“Under this collaboration, professors and researchers from both NTU and Guoxuan will work closely to develop new battery materials, energy storage systems for electric vehicles and other innovative energy storage management systems for the tropical climate that typically has high temperatures and humidity all year round. Developing technologies that are significantly better adapted to these weather conditions will provide an important competitive advantage and enhance their long-term sustainability.”

Party Secretary and President of Guoxuan, Mr Li Zhen, said the collaboration with NTU will allow Guoxuan to convert its battery research into viable products, and raise its research and development (R&D) capabilities to new heights.

“Energy conservation and sustainability is a critical global issue that poses many challenges in terms of technology, materials and resources. I strongly believe that our collaboration with NTU will produce excellent research outcomes in time to come. With an international perspective and a global outlook, we will be able to create better solutions that meet society’s needs. With this strong team from NTU and Guoxuan, I am confident that this collaboration will lead to remarkable results and innovative solutions.”

The signing took place on 18 December 2017 at the Guoxuan headquarters in Hefei.

It was witnessed by Prof Lam Khin Yong, Prof Chan Siew Hua, Co-Director Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N), and Guoxuan’s senior management, including Mr Li Zhen, Party Secretary and President, Mr Hu Jianglin, Chief Executive Officer, and Mr An Dongliang, Executive Vice-President.

Synergising research innovation with industrial expertise

NTU and Guoxuan will combine their complementary multidisciplinary research strengths and industry expertise to develop next-generation energy solutions.

Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been placed the world’s top young university for the last four consecutive years. NTU is also a global leader in clean energy and sustainability research, and it is home to three world-class autonomous institutes focusing in these areas – ERI@N, the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute, and the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.

A leading research institute for innovative energy solutions with global impact, ERI@N focuses on renewables, low carbon generation along with energy storage and fuel cells. It is also into R&D in advanced multi-energy systems, micro-grids, and future mobility solutions such as autonomous vehicle technologies.

As an R&D intensive enterprise, Guoxuan has a strong core knowledge of research, development and manufacturing of lithium-ion and other types of batteries.

In 2017, Guoxuan was appointed to lead three innovation programmes identified by the government and it also participated in the establishment of two national innovation platforms.

Guoxuan’s latest joint laboratory with NTU in Singapore will complement its existing R&D institutes strategically located in Hefei, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Cleveland, and Tsukuba.

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