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ERI@N signs agreement with SGL Group to develop new carbon and graphite materials 

ERI@N has signed an agreement with SGL Group to develop new carbon and graphite materials for more efficient use in stationary redox flow batteries. The batteries will be optimized for use in sub-tropical climates and have high cycle stabil
ity. In this cooperative alliance, the carbon fiber-based electrode materials and graphite-based bipolar plates will be further developed and tested in the system. The application behavior of the components will be further optimized with the aid of modeling.

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25 March 2014
ERI@N commended for participation in Project: Eco Office   

We are pleased to announce that ERI@N
Senior Scientist Majid Haji Sapar and Research Associate Zhou Jian received on behalf of ERI@N, a certificate of appreciation for ERI@N's participation in Project: Eco Office.

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25 March 2014
Paper by Prof Subodh Mhaisalkar and Asst Prof Nripan Mathews published in Nature Materials Journal

Congratulations to 
ERI@N Executive Director Prof Subodh Mhaisalkar, Asst Prof Nripan Mathews, and their team, on the publication of their paper, entitled "Low-temperature solution-processed wavelength-tunable perovskites for lasing” in the journal Nature Materials.

Nature Materials is a monthly multi-disciplinary journal aimed at bringing together cutting-edge research across the entire spectrum of materials science and engineering, and is first among all primary research journals in materials science according to the 2012 Journal Impact Factor  

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25 March 2014
ERI@N featured in College of Engineering Corporate Video 2014

The NTU College of Engineering has just released its Corporate Video for 2014, and
ERI@N is one of the centres featured.

The video showcases the NAVIA electric, driverless shuttle as well as the VOI electric scooter project by TUM-CREATE.

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5 February 2014
Asst Prof Nripan Mathews selected as TR35 Regional Top 10 Finalist

We are pleased to announced that Asst Prof Nripan Mathews has been selected as a TR35 finalist from the region, which includes Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The 10 selected TR35 finalists are young innovators who are trailblazers in their fields and leading the next generation of technological breakthroughs.

Prof Mathews was presented this prestigious award for his work on perovskite solar materials. He is also a candidate and potential finalist for the global TR35 list, celebrated in the fall of 2014 in MIT Boston.

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5 February 2014

Prof Rachid Yazami awarded Charles
Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Rachid Yazami has been awarded the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering - a $500,000 annual award that honors engineers whose accomplishments have significantly benefited society — “for engineering the rechargeable lithium-ion battery that enables compact, lightweight mobile devices.” Prof Yazami will receive his award along with other researchers John B. Goodenough, Yoshio Nishi and Akira Yoshino at a gala event in Washington, D.C., on 18 February 2014.

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7 January 2014

Renewable energy sources could account for 10% of Singapore's energy mix in 2020

According to a white paper released by the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), renewable energy sources can generate up to 10 per cent of Singapore's power demand by 2020, compared to less than 1 per cent today. 

This can be achieved without government subsidies but requires an estimated S$4 billion investment from the private sector over the next 12 years.Solar energy, biomass and biogas are key renewable energy sources identified as sustainable alternatives to Singapore's growing energy needs.

ERI@N Programme Director Nilesh Jadhav and Research Fellow Dr Michael Abundo are interviewed in this segment from Channel NewsAsia's Spotlight programme, giving their views on the future of renewable energy in Singapore.

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Read the report here.  

EMEC to support the development of marine energy test site in Singapore

An international collaboration agreement has been signed between the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) based in Orkney, Scotland, and the Energy Research Institute at Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N), Singapore, to support further development of the marine renewable energy industry in Southeast Asia.

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8 November 2013

Watt are you doing about your energy bill?

Prof Alexander Zehnder, chair of the Sustainable Earth Office and member of NTU's Board of Trustees, shared how he wants to turn Singapore into a 2,000 Watt Society, where consumption averages 2,000 watts per person per year, one-third of Singaporean's average consumption now. He and his colleagues have christened their effort "Sustainapore".

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7 November 2013

Singapore's first tidal turbine system developed by NTU now operational

NTU has built Singapore’s first tidal turbine system to test the viability of tapping tidal energy to generate electricity here. The new tidal turbine test bed at Sentosa Boardwalk, is set up in collaboration with the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC).


Designed, built and installed by engineers from the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N), the new test bed is expected to open up new research avenues for renewable energy, especially for resource-scarce countries such as Singapore.

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7 November 2013

EVA Electric Taxi to be on display at Tokyo Motor Show

EVA, a prototype electric taxi developed by TUM CREATE, will be unveiled at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, happening from 23 November to 1 December 2013. EVA was developed from the ground up by TUM CREATE, a joint research project between NTU and Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), and can go at least 200km on a 15 minute charge. 

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6 November 2013
Singapore plans to lift LNG supplier cap

Singapore is looking to increase its supply of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) imports to meet growing electricity demands. With demand for LNG staying robust, Singapore looks set to lift a moratorium on new piped natural gas imports. Experts said this move, though still at an early stage, would most likely enhance Singapore's competitiveness in the global LNG arena.

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31 October 2013

Singapore to host region's first advanced maritime energy test-bed facility by 2015

Southeast Asia's first advanced maritime energy test-bed facility, set up by NTU and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), will be established in Singapore by 2015.

he $8.1 million facility, to be located within NTU, will host research into greener ship and port technologies, including alternative fuels, emissions control and waste heat recovery. The centre will welcome scientists and engineers from the shipping industry and institutes across the world to conduct research, and aims to aid in the training of maritime PhD students and engineers.

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24 October 2013

NTU scientists make breakthrough solar technology

A group of NTU researchers, led by Assistant Professor Sum Tze Chien and ERI@N Senior Scientist Dr Nripan Matthews, has uncovered the working of perovskite, a a remarkable solar cell material that can convert up to 15 per cent of sunlight into electricity, coming close to the efficiency of nearly 20 per cent of solar cells in the market.

NTU’s interdisciplinary research team was the first in the world to explain this phenomenon. Their findings were published in a paper on October 18 in the academic journal Science, co-authored by Prof Michael Grätzel, Chair of the ERI@N Scientific Advisory Board. 

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21 October 2013

GlobalTech Team Hybrid NTU

ERI@N Art Poster Competition 2013


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30 August 2013

Service Commendation Award

Our heartiest congratulations to our 4 winners of the inaugural ERI@N Service Commendation Award 2012-2013:
Lily Lim, Meli Nurhidayah Amaradasa, Tammie Lee and May Tay.

They were selected following the results of the ERI@N Admin, Lab & Technical Staff Feedback 2013 and were evaluated on a set of criteria including job knowledge, quality of work/accuracy, courtesy, initiative and verbal communication.

They have displayed and provided exemplary service to colleagues and visitors above and beyond in their work. Keep up the excellent work ladies!

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5 September 2013

NTU to trial Singapore's first driverless, green vehicle on the roads

An autonomous electric shuttle manufactured by Induct Technologies will be travelling a two-kilometre route between NTU and CleanTech Park as part of a two-year collaboration between NTU, JTC and Induct.

The vehicle, named NAVIA, is Singapore’s first clean and green driverless shuttle transportation and can carry eight passengers at speeds of up to 20.1 km/h.

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14 August 2013

Using CleanTech’s facilities, NTU students develop new energy-saving technologies

Three groups of students are among the first to use the latest facilities at CleanTech One to research on innovative energy-saving technologies. NTU’s School of Computer Engineering students Toni Lin and Robin Ang started internship at CleanTech One since July and have helped to design a building monitoring system.

The six-storey high CleanTech One building has about 100 sensor points that enable the collection and analysis of data, which in turn help to detect the most energy-saving methods suitable for the building

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14 August 2013

Official Launch of the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab

Eight years after their first research partnership, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Rolls-Royce are taking their research alliance to greater heights with a new multi-million dollar collaboration.

The centrepiece is the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, which was launched on 23 July 2013, at a joint investment of S$75 million by NTU, Rolls-Royce and the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore.

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23 July 2013

Interdisciplinary Prize 2013 Winner - Professor James Barber

We are very pleased to announce our Visiting Professor James Barber had won the Interdisciplinary Prize 2013, awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). He was presented the prize for his elucidation of the mechanism of water oxidation in higher plants, and his application of natural photosynthetic principles to the development of artificial photosynthetic systems, open up new avenues in solar energy research.

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19 July 2013

NTU-Infineon Design Competition Champion

Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) & School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) team ZHANG, Yonghao (ERI@N staff), HUANG, Hantao (EEE undergraduate student) and QIU, Danqing (EEE MS student), supervised by Assistant Professor YU, Hao (EEE) has won the first prize of NTU-Infineon Electronic Design Competition with 10,000 SGD

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18 July 2013

$12 million awarded to 5 teams for Renewable Energy Research

Congratulations to Prof Douglas Maskell (PI from SCE) and Mr Ettanoor Thuppale Mohan (Co-PI from ERI@N) on being awarded the Energy Innovation Research Programme (EIRP) 1st set of grants, for their proposal on "Maximising PV Array System Efficiency under rapid shading conditions"!

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10 July 2013

ERI@N’s offices at CTO awarded Eco-Office certification

Recently, ERI@N was awarded with the Eco-Office certification for its offices (#06-04 and #06-09) at Clean Tech One building, the 1st research institute in NTU or even in Singapore to achieve this certification!

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28 June 2013

Asst Prof Sum Tze Chien and Dr Nripan Mathews gets paper on Solar Cells published in Nature Communications Journal

We are pleased to congratulate Asst Prof Sum Tze Chien and Dr Nripan Mathews, on the publication of their paper on "Uncovering loss mechanisms in silver nanoparticle-blended plasmonic organic solar cells" in the Nature Communications Journal.

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10 June 2013

BMW Group and NTU set up joint research lab

BMW Group and NTU launched the joint Future Mobility Research Lab, one of eight joint labs that BMW Group has with universities globally.


NTU joins prestigious universities such as Technische Universität München (TUM), Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University as one of BMW Group’s global academic research partners.


23 April 2013

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