ERI@N has set up key partnerships with top energy related laboratories, research institutes and laboratories worldwide including Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, CEA France, CNRS France, UC Berkeley, Hebrew University, University of Grenoble, TU Munich, Guangzhou Knowledge City and Peking University.
In line with support and guidance from the tech transfer office (iNTUitive), NTU’s legal office and President’s office, the preferred model for Industry engagement is three-fold: 1) Industry-NTU Joint Laboratory situated on NTU Campus (e.g. BMW-NTU Future Mobility Lab, Johnson-Matthey – NTU Advanced Materials Laboratory) 2) Industry-Academia Joint Industry Programs or Consortia (e.g. Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Program) and 3) One-one projects (e.g. JTC Corporation, DLRE).
Corporate Lab with Rolls-Royce
The Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab was launched on 23rd July 2013, with a joint investment of S$ 75 million from NTU, Rolls-Royce (RR) and NRF. The Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab was the first lab to be supported under NRF’s newly launched Corp Lab scheme and ERI@N was instrumental in the entire process from preparing the proposal to launching the laboratory.
The lab is arranged in 3 programmes - Electrical Power and Control Systems, Manufacturing and Repair Technologies and Computational Engineering. The Corporate Lab is currently hosting 80 full time researchers and 61 PhD students and given the size of the lab, it operates independently with ERI@N providing administrative support. To know further about the Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, please click here.
BMW-NTU: Future Mobility Research Lab
The joint BMW@NTU Future Mobility Research Lab was established in April 2013 with a focus on Advanced Materials for Batteries, Human Machine Interface and Mobility concepts. Since its inception, new research topics of Smart Materials and Electromobility were added in September 2014 and June 2015 respectively. BMW has also made available the fully electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8 vehicle to conduct research on real-life driver behavior and collect in-depth data on vehicle performance.
The joint lab has now grown to include 32 research staff and the next phase of this lab will commence in 2018 with autonomous vehicles and mobility services being a significant area of focus. To know more about the Future Mobility Research Lab, please click here.
Other significant joint labs include partnerships with Johnson Matthey, Vestas and upcoming corporate Lab in the domain of Smart Cities.
Joint Industry Programme (JIP) / Consortia
ERI@N has also experimented with setting up Consortia – first in the space of Offshore Renewables and then subsequently as REIDS.
Offshore Renewable (ORE) JIP
The Offshore Renewable (ORE) programme was launched with industry (Vestas, IBM, Keppel, DNV GL, Total), University partners (NTU and NTNU), and with PhD scholarship support from EDB and NTU. To know further about the ORE JIP, please click here.
Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator- Singapore (REIDS)
REIDS functions under a model of collaboration among companies and stakeholders. Key members include ENGIE, GE, Schneider, DLRE, Class NK, REC, and Trina Solar. REIDS is built on the Partnership tripod of: (a) equipment manufacturers, system integrators, utilities, energy services providers and consultants, (b) public funding agencies, public policy entities and regulators, and (c) finance sector.
To know further about the REIDS Flagship, please click here.
Individual Project Agreements
Most of ERI@N’s partnerships are governed by Research Collaborative Agreements (RCA’s) or Master Research Collaborative Agreements (MRCA’s). These spell out the project scope and the intellectual property (IP) agreements which typically specify that the foreground IP is jointly owned by company and NTU; with provisions made for the company to acquire IP for specified fields of exploitation.