Strong Research Eco-System Spurs Innovative Water Technologies in Singapore [Press Releases]
Singapore, 5 July 2011 – PUB, Singapore’s national water agency launched a new R&D book, Innovation in Water | Singapore today at the Singapore International Water Week.
Launched by Teo Ming Kian, Permanent Secretary for National Research and Development, the Innovation in Water | Singapore showcases the results of water R&D efforts in Singapore. These include projects undertaken by PUB and collaborative projects that PUB carries out with international partners.
These projects, which span six research areas – Intelligent Watershed Management, Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment, Water Quality and Security, Network Management, and Membrane Technology – address three key goals of increasing water resources, keeping costs competitive and managing water quality and security.
This publication also serves to create an awareness of the funding opportunities and schemes available, and also to encourage global researchers to come forward to collaborate with the local research community on R&D projects or to test their new ideas.
Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Chief Executive of PUB Singapore said: “As a global hydrohub with a strong research eco-system of 23 research institutes and corporate laboratories, Singapore’s distinctive advantage lies in the test-bedding opportunities that it offers for new water ideas and technologies. We would like to call on companies, institutions and individuals with ideas for water R&D to come forth and collaborate with us in developing technologies that help address global water challenges and demand for sustainable water solutions.”
The inaugural issue of Innovation in Water | Singapore features a selection of projects covering pilot-scale, and demonstration scale studies, including test-bedding projects conducted in PUB’s installations. It includes, among others, a feature on the membrane bioreactor process as a cleaner, more energy efficient and cost-effective way to recycle Singapore’s water. Other projects highlighted include the use of computer models to simulate water quality in Singapore’s catchments and reservoirs, an early warning system that forecasts harmful algal blooms, and membrane technology projects that overcome issues related to difficult-to-treat source waters. Several advanced detection methods, including a new optical sensor system that instantly detects contaminants by monitoring the refractive properties of water, a new network of wireless sensors that enable managers to achieve real time coverage of the entire water network, and a rapid bacterial detection method for the E. coli bacteria, are also covered in this issue.
Also featured in this issue is the Variable Salinity Plant, a technology pioneered by PUB to flexibly treat both brackish and seawater, a new electrochemical desalination process that aims to halve the energy requirements for desalination, and a capacitive deionisation technology that increases NEWater recovery from 75% to over 90%.
To be published bi-annually, subsequent issues of this R&D publication will focus on Singapore’s other key water R&D strategies such as lowering chemical usage, improving and protecting water quality, increasing water resources, reducing energy consumption, decreasing water production costs, and minimising waste generation.