Lighting Applications | Dec 14, 2012

JTC Extends "LED Challenge" Project at Singapore's CleanTech Park

JTC ’s CleanTech Park is aimed at positioning Singapore as a global test-bed and the preferred site for early adoption of green technology products and solutions for urbanised settings. The masterplan for CleanTech Park was launched in February 2010. In line with the CleanTech Park’s vision, JTC initiated the “Living Lab” Programme which aims at engaging external partners and the CleanTech Park community to test-bed “yet to commercialise” sustainable solutions at Singapore’s first eco-business park.

Under the “Living Lab” Programme, JTC launched the “LED Challenge” inviting companies to use the roads in CleanTech Park as a testbed for LED street lightings.  

In November 2011,  JTC invited companies via a request for proposal to install LED street lamps along three stretches of roads within the CleanTech Park development, namely CleanTech View, CleanTech Heights and CleanTech Loop (a total of 1.3km). Each stretch of road comprises 32 lamp posts.

Companies were challenged to deliver LED street lamps that can perform as well as the current HPS (high-pressure sodium) lamps in both luminosity and uniformity, while providing maximum energy savings. Companies were given a 6 month test-bedding period where the performance of street lights is to be measured and compared with HPS. Two companies, Fitilite and Philips Electronics Singapore rose  to the challenge and their LED lights are currently installed at CleanTech View and CleanTech Heights respectively. The performance of the LED lights is monitored by both JTC and LTA via digital meters installed at the respective roads.

Since these are public roads, other LED technology based companies are free to monitor and observe the performance of the incumbent participants. If they are able to prove that their LED technology offers more in terms of performance, they will be able to participate in the next round of test-bedding and stand a chance to showcase their technologies. The LED challenge initiative gives an opportunity for LED technology based companies to run tests on their existing LED technologies and provide a ‘living lab” showcase for potential local and foreign investors. Companies will also be able benchmark their technologies against other competitors and continually innovate to improve their LED lightings.

Given the keen interest and competition, JTC has set the bar higher by setting more challenging requirements for the latest edition of the LED Challenge.  Named the ‘LED+ Challenge’, participants are required to have additional ‘green features’ to challenge the existing HPS street lighting performance. Three proposals were received following the launch of the RFP in March this year and the challenge was awarded to LG UPlus for their innovative ‘dimming’ technology. Due to the overwhelming response, JTC will be launching the second LED Challenge by the first quarter of 2013.

The LED lighting revolution will be among several key ‘green’ topics shared at an inaugural JTC-SGBC Joint Seminar which was held on Friday, 23 November.  The theme of the seminar is “Brightening and Greening Our Future” and it served as a platform for industrialists to share their observations and expertise on green buildings and construction methods.

About JTC Corporation:
JTC Corporation (JTC) is Singapore’s leading industrial infrastructure specialist spearheading the planning, promotion and development of a dynamic industrial landscape. JTC has played a key role in the growth of the Singapore’s economy by pioneering cutting-edge industrial real estate solutions.  Some of its landmark projects include CleanTech Park, a chemicals hub on Jurong Island, Jurong Rock Caverns, Seletar Aerospace Park, and Tukang Innovation Park.  In JTC’s portfolio are other key projects including wafer fabrication parks, business parks, Biopolis and Fusionopolis at one-north, biomedical parks as well as logistics hubs for various industries.  These industrial and business parks are now home to renowned global companies and promising local enterprises.
As Singapore transforms itself for the future, JTC, as the industrial infrastructure innovator, will partner with its customers to understand their evolving needs and develop appropriate 'future-ready' infrastructure solutions.  JTC will continue to break new ground and expand its innovation capacity to offer infrastructure facilities of a calibre that sets the city state apart as an investment location.
For more information on JTC and its products and services, please visit www.jtc.gov.sg.

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