ExxonMobil, Singapore universities partner energy innovation

ExxonMobil, Singapore universities partner on energy innovation

5:27 AM, 7th November 2017
From left: Prof Louis Phee, acting dean, College of Engineering, NTU; Dr Vijay Swarup, vice-president of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and Prof Philip Liu, vice-president (research
From left: Prof Louis Phee, acting dean, College of Engineering, NTU; Dr Vijay Swarup, vice-president of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and Prof Philip Liu, vice-president (research and technology), NUS.

SINGAPORE: ExxonMobil Corporation is partnering with two Singapore universities to open a Singapore Energy Center in 2019. This centre will focus on new discoveries and significant improvements to technologies that could improve energy production, and enhance energy efficiency and other efforts to mitigate the risk of climate change.

ExxonMobil signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) to become a founding member of the proposed centre – the company’s first such research and development (R&D) partnership outside US.

As a founding member, the company will support the centre’s wide range of early-stage research projects. Company researchers and scientists will also collaborate with students and faculty at the two universities, as well as other industry contributors, once the centre opens in early 2019.

The proposed Singapore Energy Center would build on ExxonMobil’s collaborative efforts with academic and research institutions that are focused on developing an array of new energy technologies, improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2014, ExxonMobil became a founding member of the MIT Energy Initiative with a five-year, $25 million commitment to support faculty and student research efforts.

In 2016 ExxonMobil and Princeton University have selected five research projects associated with their partnership focused on energy technologies.

Again in 2016, ExxonMobil announced a $15 million investment as a leading member of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute to pursue technologies to help meet growing energy demand while reducing environmental impacts and the risk of climate change.

ExxonMobil is also a founding member of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University.

“With the rapidly growing demand for sustainable, low-carbon energy options in Asia Pacific markets, the importance of increasing our research and development capacity in the region to explore emerging technologies that could eventually help meet this demand has never been greater,” said Bruce March, president of ExxonMobil Engineering and Research Company.

“This tripartite partnership aims to break new grounds in sustainability and clean energy as it synergizes industry expertise with academic excellence. This creates an industry-academic nexus, which not only accelerates technological breakthroughs but also places our researchers and students at the forefront of translational research,” said Lam Khin Yong, acting provost, chief of staff and vice president for research at NTU.

“NUS is pleased to partner with ExxonMobil and NTU in this joint research initiative, which combines the rich scientific capabilities of both academia and industry to solve complex, real-world challenges. We will contribute our expertise in basic and applied engineering research to develop innovative sustainable energy solutions that will not only boost the competitiveness of Singapore and our industries in the region but also improve overall environmental sustainability,” added Ho Teck Hua, deputy president, research and technology, and Tan Chin Tuan centennial professor, NUS.

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