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NEWRI develops technology and engineering solutions based on transdisciplinary and in-depth scientific know-how, and application experiences. Guided by our Research-Engineering-Deployment (R.E.D) philosophy, NEWRI derisks its IPs and technologies to better meet the needs of industry and national interest.

At the foundation, our fundamental scientific research provides the basis for our innovations. NEWRI’s deep research encompasses 5 domains – Modelling & AI, Membrane Technology, Waste Management & Resource Recovery, Biotechnologies & Bioprocesses, and Environmental Chemistry & Material Science; all of which have spawned our Centres of Excellence in their respective fields advancing our innovative cutting edge research, answering national needs such as desalination, used water treatment, food waste management, MSW management and climate change.

NEWRI is recognised by Lux Report 2013 among the top 9 research organisations in the environment & water domain globally. With our 400-strong scientific research and engineering manpower, led by globally ranked thought leaders in the domain, NEWRI has built a strong foundation of innovative research.​​​​​

NEWRI translates lab research to scale-up and piloting, through 3 capabilities: 
  • START (Separation Technology Applied Research and Translation), a national centre funded by EDB and supported by NTUitive with NTU as its lead partner. The START centre is focused on translating early stage separation based innovations, to pilot scale, and subsequent commercialisation. 

  • WW-ART (Wastewater Applied Research and Translation) a 10m3/d pilot for sludge management technology.

  • ​WtE-ART​​ (Waste-to-Energy Applied Research and Translation), a 7,000 sqm open platform for test bedding waste-to-energy technologies and technology development through 'plug and play' features.
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