Leading global technology company ABB's Motion business area and Keppel Energy Transition Centre Pte Ltd (KETC) have joined in partnership to see the development of advanced digitalization solutions in the water management ecosystem.
Made official with a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), this collaboration see the combination of ABB's domain knowledge and expertise with Keppel's extensive experience to pursue new possibilities of interconnectivity and efficiency, both from a process as well as energy usage perspective.
Singapore's water management has been widely regarded as one of the world's best with state-of-the-art technologies deployed to ensure its resilience. Even so, with water demand in Singapore reaching 430 million gallons a day and expected to double by 2060, the island is looking to boost its water security through desalination as a weather-proof source of water for its rising populous.
The memorandum focuses on primary areas the pair will tackle to cope with this shift including knowledge sharing on digitalized low carbon water solutions, establishing smart power distribution, mobile-connect for remote assistance and developing a predictive maintenance plan using the ABB Ability™ Condition Monitoring platform to analyze data and receive expert support for better decision making.
"The water industry is in the midst of a pivotal transition and by working jointly together, we hope to identify opportunities which will not only scale up digital adoption but more importantly elevate Keppel Infrastructure's operating resilience and performance to the next level," said Goh Eng Kwang, Executive Director, Project Management and Executive Director, Water Services.
"The goal is really two-fold. The first is looking at the water life cycle holistically to optimize the interaction of big data, clear analytics, and smart devices, and how we can improve data oversight, plant performance, life cycle maintenance as well as utilization of capital assets. The second is centered on accelerating the industry's shift towards net zero, bringing Keppel a step closer towards our own sustainability goals."
Senior Vice President Asia of ABB Motion Business Area, R Narayanan expressed the company's deep commitment towards working with Keppel to accelerate the deployment of smart technologies to meet Singapore's water.
In 2020, ABB deployed a host of cutting-edge technology, including automation and control systems as well as instrumentation and water analyzers, at the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (KMEDP), one of the most advanced desalination plants in the world designed to produce 30 million gallons of clean water every day.
Mr. Narayanan went on to add that digitalization is the future of water, as Singapore seeks to meet its water needs without compromising on its carbon footprint. “There is an urgency to tap into emerging technologies which empowers insights for safer, smarter and more sustainable operations. The key is rethinking and taking bold steps to break new grounds together.”