Case Study 1
CleanTech Park - a living lab for innovations

CleanTech Park hosts an innovation-driven cluster of businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers that are dedicated to pushing the frontiers of cleantech research and sustainable manufacturing. At CleanTech Park, innovators and R&D professionals can be part of a vibrant and thriving community that offers opportunities for collaboration and business growth.

The first development in the Park, JTC CleanTech One, was conceptualised as a living capsule with an emphasis on resource efficiency to showcase the many possibilities in sustainable development. It has since attracted leading-edge public and private R&D organisations such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N), and private research companies like DHI Water & Environment (S) Pte Ltd that specialises in water and environmental research and consultancy.

JTC CleanTech Two was completed to meet the increasing demand for workshops and flexible spaces with heavier floor loading, higher height clearances, and greater electrical power requirements to support research in clean and sustainable manufacturing technologies and advanced prototyping activities.

When fully completed by 2030, the 50-hectare eco-business park is expected to house 20,000 green collar professionals.

Besides playing host to a dynamic cleantech community, CleanTech Park also functions as a real-world living laboratory that seeks and inspires new solutions in urban sustainability. To-date, a total of 16 estate and building-level green projects are test-bedded in CleanTech Park. Building-level test-bed projects at CleanTech Park include:

  • Omega Solar's patent-pending hybrid solar PV system, which uses a top-cooling method to yield greater energy output and is being test-bedded at JTC CleanTech One;
  • Ecosoftt's wastewater recycling system, which treats grey, brown, & black water for non-potable water use, is being test-bedded at JTC CleanTech One; and
  • vTrium Energy's flexible and light-weight organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar films are being test-bedded at JTC CleanTech One and Two, as well as covered walkways at Seletar Aerospace Park.

Beyond building-level projects, CleanTech Park is also enlivened with estate-level test-bed projects.

  • Companies such as Fitilite, for example, have test-bedded the feasibility of the use of LED for street-lighting on the streets of CleanTech Park; and
  • The testing and optimizing of a driverless electric shuttle and other autonomous vehicles (AVs) are also being carried out in CleanTech Park with various partners including the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and A*STAR.

Case Study 2
Research and Innovation Ecosystem at one-north

In the 2000s, Singapore had a renewed focus on R&D and innovation-intensive activities with investments in biomedical sciences, clean technologies, internet & digital media. To facilitate this transformation, a new class of infrastructure had to be created. Hence, the one-north concept was born to provide a new landscape where knowledge workers would work, live, play and learn in a vibrant community. The 200-hectare estate was envisioned to be a world-class science hub that would attract and grow globally-renowned researchers and cutting-edge innovations.

JTC was appointed the master developer of this distinctive estate. Since then, one-north has grown to be a vibrant hotspot for research, innovation, and test-bedding. Its world-class business park facilities are designed to promote R&D in the areas of Biomedical Sciences, Infocomm and Media, supported by strong Science & Engineering capabilities. The second phase of development will deepen Electronics R&D, and seed the growth of emerging sectors like Consumer Businesses & Lifestyle.

JTC LaunchPad @ one-north

Located in the heart of one-north, the JTC LaunchPad @ one-north is home to a vibrant start-up community comprising key players of the entrepreneurship community such as accelerators, incubators, start-ups, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. Officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2015, the JTC LaunchPad offers incubation and start-up space to support the various stages of entrepreneurship from idea generation to starting-up. The JTC LaunchPad also provides collaboration spaces, sports facilities, shared meeting rooms, as well as F&B and amenities to create natural gathering spaces where start-ups can network and grow. The companies at JTC LaunchPad can tap on the neighbouring R&D and business environment to develop their businesses and ideas. The close proximity to IHLs such as the NUS, INSEAD and ESSEC Business Schools, and the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) also provides start-ups with a ready pool of talent, expertise, knowledge and resources to tap on.

Jointly spearheaded by JTC and SPRING Singapore, and supported by agencies and partners, including the Action for Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and National Research Foundation (NRF), the LaunchPad aims to seed the growth of start-ups in industries such as science and engineering, biomedical, electronics, infocomm and media. Currently, the LaunchPad houses 41 incubators and an estimated 600 start-ups.

Test-bedding of Innovative Solutions in a Leading Business Park

With a community of R&D and industry talents, one-north is not only a hotbed for innovation and enterprise, but also a living lab to test cutting edge technologies and solutions. For example, in a bid to explore how AVs can meet Singapore's transport needs, JTC and LTA started the test-bedding of driverless vehicles at one-north in early 2015. Under this initiative, interested parties can apply to test their AV technology at designated test routes connecting Biopolis, Fusionopolis and Mediapolis. These test routes is expected to provide a range of traffic conditions for companies to test their vehicles' navigation controls in a real-world environment.