On 13 March 2019, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) launched a joint research centre to develop innovative, energy-efficient solutions for the recycling and recovery of resources from electrical and electronic waste (e-waste). The opening ceremony was graced by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Ministry of Health.
The new centre, named the NTU Singapore-CEA Alliance for Research in Circular Economy (NTU SCARCE), will focus on four research thrusts that address the recycling and recovery of materials from common e-waste such as discarded lithium-ion batteries and printed circuit boards.
This is CEA’s first research centre outside of France. It will look at formulating advanced e-waste separation and extraction techniques that are more eco-friendly and energy efficient than current methods.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore is supporting this NTU-CEA joint research centre under the agency’s Closing the Waste Loop (CTWL) Research and Development (R&D) Initiative. Together the three organisations are contributing S$20 million into this collaboration.