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Seeking Phase Change Materials for Effective Indoor Cooling in the Tropics

Background / Description

Phase Change Materials (PCMs) function as a thermal mass and enable cooling via passive means by absorbing latent heat during phase transitions in a narrow temperature range. Currently, there has been extensive research conducted on PCMs in temperate climates. However, with relatively higher temperatures (25 – 35 degrees Celsius) and a smaller daily temperature variance (average range of 6 degrees Celsius) in the tropics, there is a reduction in the efficacy of these conventional PCMs. Moreover, with higher night-time temperatures, there is a greater heat penalty when the PCM “recharges” and releases the heat that it has absorbed during the day.

Thus, further research is needed to determine suitable PCMs, PCM dimensions, and placement locations (exterior surface, in-built into the wall etc.) that are able to achieve cooling via passive means for existing and new buildings in Singapore’s climate. Additionally, there is a need to develop and evaluate methods to integrate these materials into building structures, such as structural/non-structural walls and roofs that are conventionally made of reinforced concrete. Lastly, there is a need to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution for various building types (eg. for residential and industrial interior volumes).

Technical Specifications

Objective

The objectives of the project are to:

  • Determine suitable PCMs, dimensions, and placement locations that are able to achieve cooling via passive means for existing and new buildings in Singapore’s climate;
  • Develop and evaluate methods to integrate these materials into building structures, such as structural/non-structural walls and roofs, conventionally made of reinforced concrete; and
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the solution for various building types (eg. residential and industrial interior volumes).

Eligibility

  • Principal Investigators (PIs) from all Singapore-based institutions of higher learning (IHLs), public sector agencies and not-for-profit research laboratories as well as companies and company-affiliated research laboratories/institutions, are eligible to apply.
  • The Lead PI who leads the Research must be based in Singapore. Collaboration with foreign organisations and experts in the capacity of Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI), or as Collaborator is allowed.
  • Research work should be done in Singapore, and should not be carried out overseas unless expressly approved by the grantor.
  • The proposals must not have obtained similar funding from other government agencies. Proposals with similar scope, which are currently under evaluation by other funding initiatives, would not be considered until the results from the other funding initiatives are finalized.
  • Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to collaborate with industry and development agencies to develop innovative solutions that can address the call objectives and demonstrate strong potential for real-world application within Singapore.

Submission Instructions

Details of the CFP are attached herewith. Please download all files and read all instructions and guidelines for the Grant Call by clicking on the <<Proceed to Details>> button below.

All proposals must be submitted to both cot_submission@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg and BCA_COT@bca.gov.sg by 19 Jul 2018, 2359 hrs. (Update: The deadline for submission has been extended 2 weeks from 19 July to 2 Aug 2018, 2359 hrs). Late submissions or submissions from individual applicants without endorsement from the Host Institution will not be entertained.

In case of conflicting information, the Grant Call website shall be taken as most updated source.

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration

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