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NUS Campus as a Living Lab: Pioneering Sustainable Energy Solutions for a Greener Future

Title: NUS Campus as a Living Lab for Advancing Sustainable Energy Solutions

Singapore’s National University of Singapore (NUS) is taking a bold step towards advancing innovative and sustainable energy solutions by offering its campus as a living laboratory. Through the Campus as A Living Lab at NUS (CALL@NUS) initiative, NUS aims to create a platform for researchers and industry partners to co-create and validate impactful and scalable sustainability solutions in a real-world environment.

To support Singapore in achieving its decarbonization goals, NUS is leveraging its physical systems and infrastructure, along with the innovative capabilities of the NUS Digital Twin platform, to facilitate research and development of sustainable energy solutions. By engaging with industry partners, NUS aims to bridge the gap between research innovations in sustainable energy and their real-world implementation.

NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye emphasized the potential of the living lab concept, stating, “At NUS, we are presenting the campus as a Living Lab, where our physical infrastructure and operational systems serve as an integrative test-bed for sustainability solutions. This opens up a myriad of possibilities for impactful discoveries, game-changing innovations, and transformative education.”

One notable project under the CALL@NUS initiative is the Keppel-NUS Low Carbon Living Laboratory. Through a Master Research Collaboration Agreement (MRCA) signed between NUS and Keppel Corporation’s Infrastructure Division, NUS researchers and Keppel engineers will work together to advance NUS’ Campus Sustainability Roadmap 2030 and the Singapore Green Plan 2030.

The project aims to enhance the adoption of commercially viable and sustainable energy technologies, as well as boost energy efficiency. Key areas of focus include distributed energy management solutions, the development and deployment of a smart AC/DC hybrid microgrid, and the implementation of an innovative and energy-efficient district-wide cooling system.

According to Professor Tan, this collaboration between NUS and Keppel Corporation combines NUS’ expertise in energy and sustainability research with Keppel’s technological capabilities. The project aims to develop cutting-edge technologies for smart grid management and district cooling that can be validated and potentially applied within NUS, on a national scale, and even globally.

One aspect of the project, co-led by Professor Sanjib Kumar Panda and Professor Dipti Srinivasan, will focus on implementing a digital twin and leveraging comprehensive sensing technologies and modeling. This will enable the development of innovative distributed energy management solutions and the exploration of a smart AC/DC hybrid microgrid for seamless integration and optimization of different sustainable energy technologies.

By utilizing NUS as a living lab, CALL@NUS is set to accelerate the development and implementation of sustainable energy solutions. This initiative not only benefits Singapore’s decarbonization efforts but also serves as a model for other universities and institutions worldwide to leverage their physical infrastructure for research and innovation in sustainability.

With the NUS campus as a living lab, the possibilities for impactful discoveries and game-changing innovations in sustainable energy are endless. As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of climate change, initiatives like CALL@NUS pave the way for a greener and more sustainable future.

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