Published on: 18-Jul-2016
First High Temperature Slagging Gasification Research Facility in Singapore
(With funding support from NEA, NRF, EDB and NTU)
Incineration plants the world over, are increasingly operated as waste-to-energy (WTE) plants. In Singapore, over 8000 tonnes of waste are generated on a daily basis. This is currently managed through four incinerators with a fifth in the works. After incineration, the waste is reduced to ash which is about 10% of the original volume. The ash, at an estimated 2000 tonnes per day, is sent to the Semakau landfill.
The Waste-to-Energy Research Facility aims to address waste management through an integrated approach. This new, high temperature slagging gasification facility to be located in Tuas South, seeks to complement existing mass-burn incinerators by providing unique, environment-friendly benefits through coke-free operation (replacement with cleaner fuel), reducing ash output by up to 80% and recycling by-products such as slag and metal.
The facility will also serve as an open research platform with unique 'plug and play' features, providing industry players opportunities to de-risk technologies at realistic commercial scale. The highly versatile plug and play features will include the capability to process diverse feeds (MSW, IBA, RDF and sludge) and provisions for evaluation of gas separation membrane technology, syngas upgrading, and flue gas treatment. In addition, the facility will provide opportunities to explore technologies for higher electrical efficiency and pathways towards monetizing waste as a resource through appropriate applications. The plant will also serve as a training site for building a pool of incineration-competent engineers and operators.
NEWRI's vision is to de-risk its Intellectual Property and technologies through Applied Research and Translation (ART). NEWRI's innovation cluster collaborates with its discovery cluster to realize rational pathways wherein research outcomes can be brought through the Technology Readiness Levels and to successful commercial deployment.
The collaborative agreement between NEA and NTU-NEWRI was signed at the CESS 2016 on 13th July 2016.
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