Surbana Jurong and NTU Singapore develop a hybrid system for cleaner, more sustainable energy generation 

21 July 2020

Surbana Jurong (SJ) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, are developing an integrated urban power generation system that can harvest, store and use cold energy from the regasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

LNG is usually stored in large-scale cryogenic storage tanks and in floating storage regasification units located near ports, industrial parks and power generation plants.

Storing LNG underground will free up the land above for higher value uses. The power supply can be decentralised and situated closer to infrastructure that requires cold energy, including data centres, cold storage warehouses and hospitals.

This solution, referred to as Cryo-Polygen, combines the concurrent generation of electricity, gas, cold energy, steam and hot water into a single plant operation. The pilot testbed will be built on the NTU campus, which is in a close proximity to the Surbana Jurong campus in Jurong Innovation District, by 2022.

The system is expected to be commercially available and play a vital role in reducing carbon footprint—helping Singapore reach its goal of 36 per cent carbon emissions’ reduction by 2030.

“The Cryo-Polygen innovation will be a game changer for sustainable innovations to reduce carbon emissions. Several companies have expressed their interest in applying the Cryo-Polygen innovation to enhance their business delivery,” said Wong Heang Fine, Group Chief Executive Officer, Surbana Jurong.

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This project is one of the joint innovations being developed under the SJ-NTU Corporate Laboratory launched collaboratively in 2018. They are supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). They aim to develop next-generation sustainable solutions to tackle industrial and complex urban challenges.


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