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CapitaLand Partners with SP Group to Deploy Distributed District Cooling Network at Geneo Cluster in Singapore Science Park

Singapore, 27 May 2024 CapitaLand Group (CapitaLand) and SP Group (SP) today announced a partnership to deploy a distributed district cooling network at the new life sciences and innovation cluster in Singapore Science Park. SP will provide centralised energy-efficient chilled water for air-conditioning to the Geneo cluster, which comprises three business park properties targeting full completion in 2025.

In line with CapitaLand’s design brief, SP will be operating the distributed district cooling network at an energy efficiency level that is about 14 per cent higher than conventional in-building cooling systems and the National Environment Agency (NEA)’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for water-cooled chilled water systems in industrial facilities. This will allow the cluster to abate at least 20,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over the 30-year operating period, akin to removing more than 600 cars from our roads annually.

SP will own, operate and maintain two chiller plants, which are interconnected and will supply chilled water to the five buildings across 1, 5 and 7 Science Park Drive through a series of interlinked pipe networks. The distributed district cooling network will thereby enhance supply reliability and resilience for the building cluster. When fully operational in 2025, SP will operate a total cooling capacity of 10,400 refrigeration tons (RT) at Science Park.

Mr S. Harsha, SP Group’s Managing Director for Sustainable Energy Solutions, Singapore, said: “District cooling is a pivotal solution to enable a heat-resilient and sustainable future for Singapore. From commercial districts to industrial projects, we are now helping business parks and clusters achieve their sustainability targets through innovative applications of district cooling. We look forward to working closely with CapitaLand to operate greener districts for Singapore.”

In addition to district cooling, the Geneo cluster features an accordion-shape facade that helps to block out sunlight, the use of photovoltaic solar panels to generate renewable energy and abundant greenery to reduce the urban heat island effect. These sustainability features have helped the Geneo cluster to achieve top green building certifications, namely Green Mark Platinum Super Low Energy for 7 Science Park Drive and Green Mark Platinum for 1 and 5 Science Park Drive.

Mr Tan Yew Chin, Chief Executive Officer, CapitaLand Development (Singapore), said: “Science Park 1, where Geneo is located, is the first business park and one of only two existing districts in Singapore to have received recertification for BCA Green Mark Platinum for Districts conferred by the Building and Construction Authority. Deploying a distributed district cooling network at Geneo is part of our strategy to sustain the green operations of Science Park, in line with our goal of achieving a resource-efficient and climate-resilient portfolio.”

“Science Park 1, where Geneo is located, is the first business park and one of only two existing districts in Singapore to have received recertification for BCA Green Mark Platinum for Districts conferred by the Building and Construction Authority. Deploying a distributed district cooling network at Geneo is part of our strategy to sustain the green operations of Science Park, in line with our goal of achieving a resource-efficient and climate-resilient portfolio.” Tan Yew Chin, CEO, CapitaLand Development (Singapore).

SOURCE: CapitaLand 

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