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Harvesting cleaner energy from the regasification of LNG

Cryo-Polygen, a new form of technology to harvest waste cold, can help food industries boost resiliency in the food supply chain. (Photo by Bodie Pyndus on Unsplash)

Craving seafood that stays fresh while going easy on your carbon footprint? With a new form of technology to harvest waste cold for use in cold stores, Surbana Jurong can help boost resiliency in the food supply chain in a more cost-effective way.

 

Decentralised power and cold supply

This is possible in the future as Surbana Jurong is developing an integrated urban power generation system that can harvest, store and use cold energy from the regasification of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power, to provide a decentralised form of power and cold supply that will be situated close to critical infrastructure, such as data centres, cold storage warehouses, ports, hospitals and public institutions. 

Called Cryo-Polygen, the new clean energy solution uses LNG to generate various forms of energy and consequently harnesses the waste cold – which is conventionally unrecovered – to generate cold energy for the needs of cold storage in the food industry.

 

Advantages of Cryo-Polygen 

Surbana Jurong announced the Cryo-Polygen project that our Oil & Gas and Technology teams are driving to deliver cleaner and more sustainable energy.

The name “Cryo-Polygen” is derived from a combination of the words “cryogenic” and “multiple” ways of generating energy. It is an integrated urban power generation system that can harvest, store and use cold energy from the regasification of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), with the option of using liquefied hydrogen as an additional source of energy. 

This solution, developed in partnership with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, effectively combines the concurrent generation of electricity, gas, cold energy, steam and hot water into a single plant operation.

The MOU signing for Cryo-Polygen: (First row from left) Mr Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong; Mr Lim How Kiat, General Manager of Ademco; Mr Kelvin Lim, Group CEO of Durapower; (Second row from left) Mr Ryan Lim, Co-Founder of gush; Ms May Ng, CEO of Pan-United Corporation; Mr Lawrence Wu, President and Executive Director of Sunseap Group; (Third row from left) Mr Ralph Foong, Senior Vice President and Head, Singapore Businesses Accounts Group of EDB; Mr Lee Pak Sing, Executive Director (Urban Solutions and Infrastructure Services) and Global Markets Executive Director (Southeast Asia) of Enterprise Singapore; Mr Lim Tuang Liang, Executive Director (Research Innovation and Enterprise Coordination Office) of National Research Foundation; Prof Subodh Mhaisalkar, Associate Vice President (Strategy and Partnerships) of the Nanyang Technological University. Please note EDB and Enterprise Singapore were witnesses at the MOU signing ceremony.

The innovative hybrid system, when made commercially available, will help reduce our carbon footprint as Singapore aims to reach its goal of 36 per cent carbon emissions’ reduction by 2030. The cold energy generated from the system can be used to power cold storage warehouses and to cool data centres, industrial parks and buildings. 

 

Next-generation solution testbed in 2022

The Cryo-Polygen project is one of several innovations being developed under the SJ-NTU Corporate Laboratory. Jointly launched in 2018, and supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), it aims to develop next-generation sustainable solutions to tackle industrial and complex urban challenges. 

A new Climate Change Demonstrator testbed is to be built on the NTU Smart Campus by 2022 to test and validate the Cryo-Polygen system. The demonstrator plant will be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. Through Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Surbana Jurong has secured partnerships with five Singapore companies – Ademco, Durapower, gush, Pan-United, and Sunseap Group to leverage the platform to showcase sustainable innovations and their contributions towards a reduction of carbon emissions.

The Climate Change Demonstrator is embedded within a low carbon concrete structure and able to deliver renewable energy and carbon capture benefits for a wide range of industry uses. Click here to watch the video below.

Spearheading the project will be Surbana Jurong Senior Director, Oil & Gas, Tan Wooi Leong, and NTU Associate Professor Alessandro Romagnoli. NTU will contribute its expertise on the recovery, storage and utilisation of cryogenic energy to complement Surbana Jurong’s industry knowledge and experience in LNG and power systems integration. Read more here for other partners involved in this game-changing innovation.

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