Seeking Low Cost Non-intrusive Solutions to Measure Steam Flow and Compressed Air Pressure - Joint Innovation Call by Gov-PACT NEA-ESG

Background / Description

About Gov-PACT NEA-ESG Joint Innovation Call on Cleaning, Waste Management and Monitoring of Environmental Process Parameters

The National Environment Agency (NEA) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) have jointly launched an Innovation Call under the Government – Partnership Capability Transformation (Gov-PACT) initiative, to encourage greater use of technology and automation to raise productivity for cleaning, waste management and monitoring of environmental process parameters. The innovation call also seeks to address operational challenges in the industry, as well as to build up the capability and skillsets of workers.

Innovation Call: [E] To Develop a Low Cost Non-intrusive Solutions to Measure Steam Flow and Compressed Air Pressure

The Measurement and verification (M&V) process is critical in the evaluation of any energy efficiency project in industrial facilities. However, the M&V process can be challenging for the existing stock of industrial manufacturing companies which do not have the necessary monitoring and metering devices installed in their facilities.

Currently, companies will need to stop their production operations to install steam flow meters. To measure the pressure of compressed air systems, companies may need to do “hottapping”. However, companies do not permit “hot-tapping” as there are concerns that it will affect the quality of the compressed air that is supplied to their process machines.

In the absences of actual monitoring and metering, the actual energy performance improvement cannot be ascertained. Hence, proposed solutions are required to help companies measure the aforementioned process parameters in a low cost non-intrusive way and with reasonable uncertainty level.

Technical Specifications


Proposers are to come out with two different solutions to each measure the steam flow and air pressure.

The proposed solutions for measuring steam flow and air pressure should meet the following general requirements.

  1. Low maintenance and operational costs.
  2. Convenient installation.
  3. Small, lightweight, easy to deploy for measurement.
  4. Weatherproof, flameproof and explosion-proof*.
  5. Provides output of 4 – 20mA.
  6. Uncertainty of up to ±2% over full scale.
  7. Operating temperature limit of at least 55°C.
  8. Non-intrusive measurement.


* Proposers should come out with two solutions: (i) designed for general purpose areas, and (ii) designed for weatherproof, flameproof and explosion-proof areas. 

 *Please refer to link for full details on Requirements.

Funding Support

The call is targeted at Singapore registered SMEs / start-ups. Foreign companies are invited to submit proposals. However, to qualify for Government's funding, foreign technology providers should work with Singapore registered SMEs / start-ups.

*Please refer to link for full details on Funding Support.

Eligibility Information

  • Solutions must not be readily or commercially available in the market.
  • Development of the solutions must not have commenced at the point of proposal submission.


*Please refer to link for full details on Eligibility Information.

Further Details and Technical Briefing

Following the online launch of the Innovation Call, a technical briefing (details below) will be held to provide potential proposers with more information.

Date: Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Time: 9 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Marina Bay Sands [10 Bayfront Avenue, S(018956)], Rooms 4505 & 4506

Registration will close on Monday 9th July 2018.

Technical details of the problem statement as well as information related to the innovation call can be found on the Govt Pact portal which you will be redirected to after clicking on the 'Proceed To Details' button below and filling up a short form with your basic information. Please follow instructions on the Govt Pact portal to register your interest for the technical briefing. Further information on NEA's grant and awards can found in the link here

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration

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