Sembcorp to test-bed emerging water technologies with Mitsubishi Electric and Scinor

| Urban Solutions & Sustainability

On 11 July, at Singapore International Water Week 2016, Sembcorp signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Mitsubishi Electric and Scinor (Asia) respectively, to test-bed new technologies for water, under the Sembcorp Industrial Living Lab initiative. These technologies will be tested at Sembcorp’s facilities, enabling them to be proven in an industrial setting and allowing Sembcorp to apply new and disruptive solutions.

[Left to Right]: Mr Siah Keng Boon, Chief Technology Officer of Sembcorp Industries (left) signing a memorandum of understanding with Mr Eiichiro Mitani, Senior General Manager, Kobe Works, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (right) with witnesses (standing from left to right) Mr Goh Chee Kiong, Executive Director, Cleantech, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Mr Tang Kin Fei, Group President & CEO of Sembcorp Industries and Mr Sachio Asanagi, Senior General Manager, Microza & Water Processing Division, Asahi Kasei Corporation.

Photo Credit: Sembcorp Industries

These collaborations are the first under the umbrella of the S$8 million Sembcorp Industrial Living Lab initiative, launched by Sembcorp and EDB in 2015. Under this initiative, Sembcorp will grant selected technology providers access to its facilities for late-stage test-bedding and co-innovation in areas such as water and cleantech solutions.

Mitsubishi Electric will be testing an ozone backwashing membrane bioreactor (MBR) dubbed the Eco-MBR, a technology that provides increased membrane permeability and requires less membranes to be utilised, making for more energy-saving, compact, wastewater treatment. Mitsubishi is targeting to commercialise the process by 2018.

Scinor, a Chinese membrane manufacturer will test-bed polyvinylidene flouride membranes, which offer energy savings of up to 30 per cent and allows for longer membrane life and extended plant life cycles.

The collaborations bolster the government's efforts to tap Singapore's strengths in water to accelerate the commercialisation and export of technologies that the city has built up expertise in over the years.

Press Release
- 11 July 2016

Sembcorp to test-bed emerging water technologies with Mitsubishi Electric and Scinor