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NTU Singapore and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission launch research centre to develop innovative e-waste recycling technologies

The S$20 million initiative is supported by the National Environment Agency of Singapore  

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) have launched a joint research centre to develop innovative, energy-efficient solutions for the recycling and recovery of resources from electrical and electronic waste (e-waste).

The new centre, named the NTU Singapore-CEA Alliance for Research in Circular Economy (NTU SCARCE), will focus on four research thrusts that address the recycling and recovery of materials from common e-waste such as discarded lithium-ion batteries and printed circuit boards.

This is CEA’s first research centre outside of France. It will look at formulating advanced e-waste separation and extraction techniques that are more eco-friendly and energy efficient than current methods.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore is supporting this NTU-CEA joint research centre under the agency’s Closing the Waste Loop (CTWL) Research and Development (R&D) Initiative.  Together the three organisations are contributing S$20 million into this collaboration.

The research centre was unveiled today by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor. It will support Singapore’s drive towards becoming a Zero Waste nation by finding ways to reduce consumption of materials, and reusing and recycling them to give them a second lease of life.

With a strong focus on promoting sustainable industry processes, the joint centre’s aims are also in line with NTU’s focus in sustainability research.

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