The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) jointly launched the Maritime Clean Energy Research Programme (MCERP), through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by MPA Chief Executive Lam Yi Young and NTU Provost Professor Bertil Andersson.
MCERP will focus on research platforms that promote green, carbon-neutral, energy management solutions. The research will be conducted through the Centre for Maritime Energy Research (CMER), a new center under the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N). The program will leverage activities within other centres in ERI@N and target to develop system-level solutions in the green shipping and green port domain.
Co-funded by MPA’s Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund and NTU, research grants of up to $8 million and $2 million will be contributed by MPA and NTU respectively over a five-year period. MPA and NTU will also work towards securing industry co-funding of up to $5 million.
The first Call for Proposals for the MCERP research grant opened yesterday, and applicants are encouraged to work out the proposals in consultation with maritime companies. The evaluation panel will constitute members from NTU, MPA and members of the maritime industry.
In conjunction with the MCERP, Lam Yi Young and Professor Bertil Andersson also witnessed the signing of an MOU and Letter of Intent between NTU and six industry partners who have expressed intent to explore collaborations with ERI@N’s Centre for Maritime Energy Research. The five MOU partners are: American Bureau of Shipping; APL Co. Pte Ltd; DNV Pte Ltd; Keppel Offshore and Marine Technology Centre Pte Ltd; and Sembcorp Marine Ltd. The Letter of Intent was signed by Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd.