SINGAPORE, June 23, 2009 -- Executives from GE and the National University of Singapore (NUS) celebrated the opening of the new NUS-GE Singapore Water Technology Center today. The two companies are investing US$100 million (SGD$15 million) in the center, which will develop technologies and solutions to meet the demand from customers in various industry segments, including power generation.
The center will house GE scientists and engineers who will develop new solutions for low-energy seawater desalination, water reclamation and more efficient water reuse. This will help expedite fundamental research and industry innovation in water treatment, while also strengthening collaboration with government and industry in Singapore and abroad.
The focus of the center will be on solving some of the most pertinent water challenges, including alleviating the increasing water stress found in many parts of the world, including regions in China, India and the Middle East. Today, about 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. By 2025, approximately 2.8 billion people will be living in water scarce areas. Industries are responding to increasing water stress and water costs by increasing the recycling and recovery of water. Municipalities are increasingly using membranes for drinking water production and are finding wastewater to be a resource that can be recovered for industrial uses.