Singapore is poised to become a key research hub for future mobility, with major automotive players like Hyundai Motor Group, Volvo, Volkswagen, and Continental forging partnerships with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to drive innovation.
The collaborative effort aims to develop cutting-edge smart energy management systems specifically tailored for optimizing electric vehicle (EV) charging. Exploring dynamic pricing models, the consortium seeks to reduce carbon emissions, ease strain on existing power grids, and incentivize EV charging during off-peak periods and times of abundant renewable energy supply.
Furthering this initiative, NTU joins forces with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to enhance the circularity of printed circuit boards (PCBs) within vehicles, curtailing electronic waste production.
Research methodologies include eco-designs facilitating PCB disassembly and intelligent sorting via machine learning, aiming to establish guidelines for vehicle design prioritizing sustainability throughout the manufacturing process.
Additionally, a collaboration between NTU and urban sustainable energy solutions developer Pylon City focuses on developing a demand-responsive charge scheduling algorithm for electric vehicle fleets.
As part of this endeavor, two commercial electric vehicle charging stations, equipped with solar canopies, will be constructed at Continental Singapore's office to cater to fleet operators. These stations will harness on-site solar energy for charging while providing valuable data for ongoing research. Expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2023, they promise insights to advance joint research efforts.
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