Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Schneider Electric have launched a one-stop Sustainability Experience Centre to help Singapore’s SMEs implement green technologies at the workplace as part of the effort to achieve the country’s goal of having at least 80% of buildings to be green by 2030, according to the Building and Construction Authority’s Green Masterplan.
Focusing on sustainable facilities management, the centre taps augmented reality for instant diagnosis, which when coupled with contactless and predictive maintenance, will significantly improve the overall power efficiency of a venue. This helps SMEs operate more sustainably and enhances the productivity of maintenance crew, as repairs and rectifications can be reliably predicted, and preventive maintenance be made ahead of time.
NYP’s School of Engineering students will also be able to gain hands-on experience in cutting edge solutions used by the industry to meet sustainability goals such as how to integrate multiple systems and devices to collect and analyse relevant data. This in turn will prepare a steady pipeline of talents to meet the demands for sustainability solutions in future industries.
Another key showcase at the centre helps SMEs identify solutions to optimise power usage and reduce energy consumption. With deft application of automation and sensors, lights would be activated only in areas where needed; and data usage patterns can also be analysed in real-time.
Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Operation 3.0 makes this possible by pulling in data from a wide range of sensors, running an analysis, and providing users with suggestions to maximise energy use and reduce overall cost. It can also adjust lighting and temperature on the fly.
According to Singapore’s Energy Efficiency Programme Office (E²PO), occupancy sensors for lighting controls can result in at least 50% energy savings after implementation at workplaces. Implementing such energy efficient measures helps SMEs reduce operating costs and become more competitive.
Schneider Electric and NYP are also co-training a nexus of future-ready workforce to meet the increasing demands to help companies implement a sustainable transport solution – through electric fleets. To date, staff from more than 20 SMEs have been trained on the key skills of managing Electric Vehicles (EVs), including setting up charging systems and processes for these EVs.
To ensure buildings have enough electric supply capacity for EV charging stations, Schneider Electric also developed an EVlink Wallbox, to integrate with a load management system to regulate the amount of electricity allocated for EV charging in real-time. This allows building owners to deploy such sustainable solutions with minimal infrastructure cost, while ensuring that critical functions are prioritised to prevents electrical overload.
NYP’s principal & CEO Jeanne Liew, said: “We are excited to partner Schneider Electric, one of the world’s leaders in energy solutions, to launch NYP’s Sustainability Experience Centre. With NYP’s expertise in engineering systems and data analytics, alongside Schneider Electric’s technology and solutions, SMEs will now have easy access to kickstart their green journey.
“This is also a great opportunity to strengthen and inculcate a sustainability-conscious mindset among our youth and empower them to play a role in bringing about a greener future”.
Cluster President, Singapore, Malaysia & Brunei, Schneider Electric, Yoon Young Kim, said: “Our commitment to fostering the next generation of engineers and dedication to sustainability are core identities of Schneider Electric. This opportunity to work with NYP is a perfect match with our DNA. We have always been advocates of using cutting edge technology to help the industry meet critical sustainability goals, and our own regional headquarters at Kallang is a testament to that belief.”
The centre was built with a strong sustainability focus, with most materials being highly rated products under the Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) certification scheme administered by Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC).
SGBC President Ar. Tang Kok Thye said: “Going green is not just the work of the building and construction industry, everyone is a stakeholder and beneficiary of a greener, healthier built environment. By putting together such a showcase of proven sustainability solutions for students and industry to learn from, we will be able to move the needle towards greater adoption and advance the environment that we live, work and learn in to one that is better for not just ourselves but for the next generation and beyond.”
The Sustainability Experience Centre will be conducting a workshop in March 2022 to help SMEs better analyse, identify and adopt relevant green solutions. Companies keen to tour the centre or attend the workshop can email firstname.lastname@example.org or 6550-0909 to register.