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Innovation call launched by NEA and SPRING Singapore for cleaning and waste management industry

Innovation call launched by NEA and SPRING Singapore for cleaning and waste management industry

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and SPRING Singapore
have jointly launched
an innovation call to encourage greater use of technology and automation to
increase the overall productivity in the cleaning and waste management
industry.  This call is based on the Environmental Services Industry
Transformation Map (ES ITM) launched
in December 2017,

The objective is to evaluate and test-bed suitable
technologies that can improve the efficiency of both NEA and industry
operations related to cleaning and waste management, and support local Small
and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)/start-ups in developing competitive technologies
for application in the Environmental Services sector.

NEA and SPRING are inviting interested qualifying parties to
submit proposals that can address the four problem statements, two of which are
from the cleaning industry and two from the waste management industry. The call
closes on March 31, 2018.

Cleaning Industry

A safe, efficient and
cost-effective kitchen exhaust duct (KED) cleaning solution

KEDs have to be cleaned regularly to prevent grease
accumulation inside the ducts which poses potential fire hazards. Currently,
KED are degreased manually by cleaners which is time-consuming and labour-intensive.
Cleaners are equipped only with spray bottles of degreasing agent and,
scrappers and cloths to scrape and wipe off the grease. They have to crawl
through the ducts and work within confined spaces. They are also unable to
clean hard to reach areas, especially long vertical ducts.

The proposed solution should be able to clean all parts of
KED. In addition, the proposed solution should be less labour-intensive and
time-consuming, less intrusive (i.e. does not require cutting of access panels)
and provide higher cleaning standard. The equipment should be remotely operable
and it should be able to take photos or videos or both of the conditions of the
duct and also the cleaning process.  The total power consumption of
equipment(s) used should not exceed power supply allowable in the premise.

The working prototype should be ready for evaluation 6
months after the start of project, and the fully functional end-product must be
deployable for a pilot after 10 months.

A self-cleaning toilet to enhance productivity of
cleaners and improve toilet cleanliness for users

A solution
is required to facilitate a self-toilet cleaning system that can be activated
upon reaching a number of uses and/ or scheduled basis. The automated self-cleaning
equipment used must be able to operate in wet environment and should not intrude
on the privacy of toiler users.

The system should be able to collate data on toilet usage
and breakdown etc., analyse and translate such data into reports and findings.
It should provide this data on web-based dashboard to allow users to access
remotely on smartphone, iPad and PC etc.

The proposed solution should allow integration with other
systems when required and upgrades to the latest operating system. There should
be adequate protection from cyberattacks, unauthorised access etc.

The working prototype should be ready for evaluation 6
months after the start of project, and the fully functional end-product must be
deployable for a pilot after 10 months. 

Waste Management
Industry

Reducing the physical strain of the work crew in waste
collection operation

Each public waste
collection team requires 2 crew members to perform collection from a mix of bin
types on different road conditions. The collection process may require the crew
to push and pull the bins against uneven terrains, up/down slopes, against
drains, gutters and kerbs. Certain routes require waste collection crew to
collect from trade premises with 660L bins which may weigh as heavy as
300-400kg.

The proposed
solution
should be an assistive technology to aid in the waste collection
crew’s daily operation to collect heavy bins from a variety of road conditions.
Improving productivity and safety, along with portability and
cost-effectiveness of the device are important criteria.

Developing a cost-effective and efficient on-site
non-domestic mixed waste treatment system

NEA is seeking an on-site waste treatment system within
existing premises’ waste management facility to effectively treat their own
general wastes.

Currently, the only type of waste treatment installed at
facility level is on-site food waste treatment machines. General waste is
collected by licensed general waste collectors (GWCs) for incineration.

The challenge is to look for a versatile system to
effectively and efficiently treat the general waste to higher value by-product
such as electricity, hot water, etc. Another key challenge is to propose a
system which can function within the waste management facility in existing
premises, such as bin centres.

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