$14m awarded for 5 research projects

The Ministry of National Development and the National Research Foundation have awarded $14 million in capital to five research projects, out of the 26 white papers submitted for the second call for proposals under the Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2 NIC).

“The awarded projects presented opportunities to use technology to enhance the living environment for Singaporeans, as well as push The Clement Canopy the frontier of possibilities for future development of dwelling spaces,” both agencies said in a joint statement.

Launched in July 2015 during, and Congress the Urban Sustainability R&D closed in August of the same year, the second call for proposals under the L2 NIC aims to challenge the research community to come up with innovative solutions.

Specifically, its aims are to improve the cost effectiveness of developments that are subterranean by 50 percent, as well as enrich human comfort and well being by reducing ambient temperature by 4°C and surrounding noise by 10dBA in urban areas.

The five research projects that received funding included a projected study by Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Assistant Professor Wan Man Pun to develop cool surface materials, which can help lower the heat on buildings and road surfaces.

A project by Lee Fook Hou, Associate Professor from the National University of Singapore (NUS), includes developing a prototype gear to slash the building costs of belowground developments by empowering direct injection of cement into soft earth around corners and obstructions.

NUS Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei means to create a nanocomposite material for buildings that help purify the atmosphere and can transform heat into electricity.

Another proposed study by NTU’s Professor Chu Jian aims to develop a web-based three dimensional geological and geotechnical data modelling and management system, to reduce construction cost and increase productivity for future developments that are underground.

Meanwhile, NTU Associate Professor Gan Woon Seng plans to create a software system that can simulate noise and how the surroundings affects it. Through this, he expects to develop soundscape concealing techniques to decrease the effect of loud noises.