News Details | 02-Nov-2011

NTU partners JTC and Philips to test-bed smart lighting system in CleanTech Park

• Collaboration spurred by NTU innovation that saves up to 45 per cent of energy

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Royal Philips Electronics (Philips) and JTC Corporation (JTC) are collaborating to improve and upgrade a newly developed LED smart grid lighting system which had been tested  to save up to 45 per cent of energy, when compared to conventional fluorescent lighting.

The smart grid prototype is scheduled to be further test-bedded in January 2012 at JTC’s CleanTech One, the iconic building at CleanTech Park.   With the integration of renewable energy technology such as solar panels and fuel cells, the smart grid prototype is expected to save even more energy. It will be Singapore‘s largest lighting test-bed of its kind.

The smart grid prototype automatically controls individual Philips LED panels on the ceilings, turning them on, dimming them, or switching them off by the use of wireless motion sensors embedded at strategic locations.

Based on tests done at NTU, LED panels have energy savings up to 30 per cent over fluorescent light tubes while the smart grid contributes up to an additional 15 per cent energy savings.

Called the Low Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) grid network, the experimental grid and Philips’ direct current LED lightings will be set up by NTU’s Energy Research Institute (ERI@N) in CleanTech One together with Philips’ direct current LED lighting solutions.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday, 28th October, by the three parties, as part of JTC’s CleanTech Park Living Lab Programme. The project is part of the CleanTech Park Living Lab Programme which provides the platform for companies to test-bed and commercialise green solutions.

Mr Manohar Khiatani, JTC’s Chief Executive Officer said, “JTC is pleased to partner NTU and Philips in this innovative test-bedding project. JTC has always placed great emphasis on innovation, and sustainability is key in ensuring the future-readiness of industrial infrastructure solutions. This partnership represents a major step forward for CleanTech Park and advances its mission to serve as a unique living laboratory to develop sustainable solutions.”

Professor Subodh Mhaisalkar, Executive Director of the ERI@N, said this project comes at a crucial time when the world is looking for viable and impactful solutions to cut down greenhouse gases emissions and reduce energy consumption drastically.

“This new test-bed at CleanTech Park with JTC and Philips marks a new milestone in NTU’s drive for sustainability. With a large scale test-bed, we hope to develop an efficient smart electricity grid usable in commercial buildings, which will significantly reduce the energy usage for lighting,” Prof Mhaisalkar said.

“Philips LED lighting solutions and smart direct current technologies provide the innovative foundation of how lighting solutions can be delivered in an efficient and sustainable manner,” said Tiew Chew Meng, general manager, Philips Lighting Singapore. “Together with NTU and JTC, Philips looks to further develop the smart grid prototype across CleanTech Park to deliver real-world lighting applications that can be utilized in a commercial environment.”

Innovative smart grid solution

As for the LVDC grid network that NTU and Philips are test-bedding at Clean Tech Park, it is a notable example of a resource-efficient urban solution. During the day, solar cells will generate electricity for lighting and excess electricity would be used to generate hydrogen and stored for use by a fuel cell system in the night.

In addition, instead of running on Alternating Current (AC) electricity which is the current industry standard found in homes and offices, this grid uses Direct Current (DC) to minimise energy losses from the renewable sources.

This partnership will leverage ERI@N’s expertise in the area of green smart building and sustainable building technologies as well as Philips’ global research capabilities in the design and development of a wide range of lighting solutions.  Philips and NTU will also focus on wireless lighting control through the use of sustainable wireless sensors for the test-bedding project.

CleanTech Park is a notable example of a resource-efficient urban solution. During the day, solar cells will generate electricity for lighting and excess electricity would be used to generate hydrogen and stored for use by a fuel cell system in the night.

The joint project demonstrates NTU’s commitment to Sustainability, as it is one of NTU’s Five Peaks of Excellence which the university aims to make its mark globally under NTU 2015 five year strategic plan. The other four peaks include future healthcare, new media, the best of the East and West, and innovation.

CleanTech Park Living Lab Programme

JTC is also extending its invitation to other companies to test-bed clean technologies in any of the following three sustainability themes:

• Resource Efficiency – Improving efficiency (energy and water) for fittings and equipment or increasing percentage of renewable energy generation

• Sustainable Urban Solutions – Introducing solutions to mitigate urban challenges (e.g. urban heat, transportation, etc) and the improvement of  recycling rates

• Buildability and  Productivity – Shorter construction period, use of sustainable construction methods & recycled materials, lower construction cost of  
  green buildings

Companies can expect large-scale test-bedding opportunities through the partnering approach of the programme, which will achieve a collaborative learning experience for the industry, public research institutes and government agencies.

The programme will also tap on the Urban Solutions Fund, announced in 2009, where $100 million was set aside to support the adoption of sustainable solutions in Singapore.

Given that present clean technologies are usually designed for use in temperate climates, the programme also welcomes the test-bedding of existing technologies for use in tropical urban areas.

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Media contact

Wang Meng Meng
Assistant Director
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: 6790 6681

Lester Kok
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: 6790 6804

Elvin Ong
Regional Corporate Communications Director
Philips Lighting, Asia Pacific
Mobile: +65 9829 2055

Hilda Chang
Senior Officer (Corporate Communications)
JTC Corporation, Communications Division
Tel 6883 3066; Mobile: 96361408

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.  In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs over 120,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.3 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at

About JTC Corporation

JTC Corporation (JTC) is Singapore’s leading industrial infrastructure specialist spearheading the planning, promotion and development of a dynamic industrial landscape.

For more than 40 years, JTC has played a key role in the growth of the economy by providing cutting-edge industrial real estate solutions. Some of its landmark projects include wafer fabrication parks, business parks, Biopolis and Fusionopolis at one-north, a chemicals hub on Jurong Island, biomedical parks as well as logistics hubs for various industries. These industrial and business parks are now home to renowned global companies and promising local enterprises.

Today, JTC continues to break new ground with pioneering projects that anticipate and address the needs of industry. The Jurong Rock Caverns look to subterranean depths to optimise land use; Seletar Aerospace Park and Tukang Innovation Park support the growth of new industry clusters in aerospace and innovation activities; CleanTech Park, Singapore's first eco-business park, offers unique clean technology features and also serves as a 'living lab' for the test-bedding and development of green technologies and sustainable urban solutions; and the Jurong Island Version 2.0 initiative plans to cut carbon emissions and enhance competitiveness of the chemicals hub.

As Singapore transforms itself for the future, JTC will partner with its customers to understand their evolving needs and develop appropriate 'future-ready' infrastructure solutions. The Corporation will continue to expand its innovation capacity and offer infrastructure facilities of a calibre that sets the city state apart as an investment location.

JTC will hence position itself as an industrial infrastructure innovator that creates value for its customers by developing the optimal infrastructure solutions that they aspire. This will help differentiate Singapore and propel it to the next level of growth.

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