Eri@n, Nanyang Technological Universities Energy Research Unit is the optical incarnate of its own research and design. The institute’s green, futuristic exterior preface’s the environmentally driven motivations of the unit’s operations. Eri@n’s co-director Professor Choo Fook Hoong outlined the motivations and considerations of their technical advancements in electrical energy storage stimulation, computation and communication, electrical transportation and mechanical engineering and sustainable infrastructures. The organisation’s research and design manifests in their collaboration with industries concerned with energy storage, electro-mobility and global sustainability.
Personally, the visit to Eri@n awoke my own nocturnal inclinations towards materials studies with the purpose of creating environmentally stable industry and positive alternatives to typical energy sources. I found the conviction and purity of the institute’s goals promising and refreshing. Credence was given to the sincerity and altruism of Eria@n’s environmental protection by the application of their morality across the facility. Professor Choo Fook Hoong established that the institute intends to reduce NTU’s energy consumption by 35% by 2020. Despite his concession of the extravagance of their ambitions, Hoong discussed the intention to trial Eria@n’s technology and materials across the campus before they are commercialised. Insight into the persistence and dedication of the institute to their science was consoling and built trust in the direction of manufacturing R&D.
The visit to Eria@n opened potential employment and study prospective and prompted me to re-assess my goals and hopes in the industry. Ideally, my future research endeavours will be those that I am morally inclined; analysis of the conviction and commitments of NTU’s Eri@n allowed me to establish understandings of the operation of a work environment concerned with both scientific and social advancement.
– Trey Guest