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Daikin and SP Group Partner Up to Build Singapore’s Largest Industrial District Cooling System
May 20, 2022 News


Daikin Singapore (“Daikin”) and SP Group (“SP”) have announced the formation of a new joint venture (JV), in conjunction with an earlier announcement by STMicroelectronics (ST) and SP, to establish Singapore’s largest industrial district cooling system for ST’s Ang Mo Kio TechnoPark.

The JV will build the district cooling system (DCS) which will have a cooling capacity of up to 36,000 refrigerant tonnes (RT). When completed in 2025, it will help ST achieve 20% in cooling-related electricity consumption annually and support ST’s target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2027.

Daikin and SP also signed a separate Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the potential of district cooling in other Southeast Asian countries, starting with Indonesia. Under the MOU, Daikin and SP will combine their expertise, experience and resources to bring this sustainable cooling solution to the various markets to help lower their energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint.

The expanded collaboration between both companies signifies their commitment to empower smart, low-carbon cities across the region, and to support Singapore’s sustainability ambitions under the Singapore Green Plan 2030.

“We are excited to collaborate with SP Group, and we look forward to working together closely towards greater environmental sustainability,” said Yoshihiro Mineno, Member of the Board and Senior Executive Officer of Daikin Industries, Ltd.
Moving towards a Greener, Cleaner Future
This project aligns with Daikin’s mission to build upon Singapore’s ongoing roadmap for greener buildings as well as the longer-term vision for a Singapore Smart-city that includes sustainability in its advocacy.

The JV will be 70% owned by SP and 30% by Daikin. It will build the new district cooling plant for ST Ang Mo Kio (AMK) Technology Park at Daikin’s AMK premise. By centralising chilled water production, the new facility is designed to optimise chiller efficiency and deliver a 24/7 chilled water supply to meet ST’s wafer fabrication needs.

In addition, Daikin will be deploying one of its most efficient 2,000-tonne HFO Chiller for this project. HFO or Hydrofluro-Olefins is the new generation of synthetic refrigerants with zero ozone depletion effect and is designed to significantly reduce the Global Warming Potential.

Stanley Huang, Group Chief Executive Officer at SP Group, said, “We are honoured to partner Daikin in this joint venture to provide district cooling to STMicroelectronics at AMK TechnoPark. We look forward to a broader collaboration in Southeast Asia with Daikin.”

Reducing Carbon Footprint and Moving towards Sustainability

In line with the nation’s green vision, Daikin hopes to achieve net-zero by the year 2050 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is constantly working towards this goal. The company plans on achieving this by making conscious changes in its entire value chain: life cycle of products, manufacturing, work processes through solution propositions, innovative technologies and the use of the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. The ultimate goal here is to contribute toward a cleaner, safer environment to combat climate change issues and move towards a sustainable future.

Daikin Singapore has been working with a keen focus on lowering its carbon footprint. As such, the company plans on leveraging its latest chiller software and optimisation expertise for this project. Daikin is also planning to launch other green initiatives, including a solution that uses chemical-free water treatment that leverages applied electrochemistry and an intelligent controller to enhance system performance, providing a sustainable and scalable solution to large building HVAC systems and industrial chiller circuits, but also saves energy, water, maintenance and chemical costs in cooling water management.

“Daikin fully supports our national directions and is keen to play an active role in this journey, especially in going Green, Smart and Sustainable in the Living Environment. With this project, we are excited to take another step towards our goals for a sustainable smart nation,” said Liu Shaw Jiun, CEO at Daikin Airconditioning Singapore Pte Ltd.

Daikin and SP first collaborated back in 2020 to bring Singapore’s first large-scale residential centralised cooling system to the upcoming Tengah HDB Town. Both companies will continue to explore future opportunities to help create energy-saving models and help Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia move towards a resilient, sustainable future.