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NTU sets up joint laboratory to develop innovative energy storage solutions for electric vehicles

Earlier this month, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) signed an agreement to collaborate with one of China’s leading battery manufacturers Guoxuan High-Tech Co., Ltd. (Guoxuan) to develop innovative energy storage technologies for electric vehicles.

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh said, “NTU’s collaboration with Guoxuan will push the boundaries and performance of batteries, energy storage and green transportation technologies, which are at the core of electric vehicles and renewable energy deployment.

“The innovations developed will be tested on NTU’s Smart Campus, which is already a testbed of cutting-edge technologies ranging from ultra-fast charging electric vehicles and self-driving vehicles, to smart power grids. The development of these technologies will support Singapore’s Smart Nation goals,” Professor Suresh added.

Building on their existing partnership, the new agreement between NTU and Guoxuan seeks to develop new technologies to overcome battery-related challenges. These include the limited charging cycles of batteries and its integration with various renewable energy sources.

The new agreement is part of a S$10 million partnership between NTU and Guoxuan in December 2017 to establish the Guoxuan-NTU Smart Energy Joint Laboratory. 

On 8 June, the opening of the joint lab today was officiated by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment & Water Resources.

“The joint partnership between Guoxuan and NTU contributes to Singapore’s continuing investments in research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to address our climate and sustainability challenges, and to create solutions that can be exported globally, under our Climate Action Plan. In this Year of Climate Action, I urge organisations to commit to the Climate Action Pledge and to review ways to reduce their carbon footprint in their business operations,” said Dr Khor.

The new Guoxuan-NTU Joint Laboratory is set up on the NTU campus. Scientists and engineers from both organisations will research on battery technologies, as well as energy storage for electric vehicles and industrial applications. It will kickstart the joint research projects. Scientists and engineers from both organisations will commence research on battery technologies, as well as energy storage for electric vehicles and industrial applications.

A key research focus of the Joint Laboratory is to improve battery performance for electric vehicles under humid tropical environments, similar to weather conditions in Singapore.

For example, the joint lab will develop a hybrid thermal management system for lithium-ion battery packs, which would help manage temperature fluctuations and improve battery efficiency and its life cycle. This would enable electric vehicles to travel longer distances on a single charge.

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