Danfoss unveils APAC’s first sustainability technology centre in Singapore

From left to right: Astrid Mozes, president regions of Danfoss; Soh Wai Wah, principal and CEO of Singapore Polytechnic; Kim Fausing, president and CEO of Danfoss; Brigit Dohmann Chang, Deputy Head of Mission at Danish Embassy; Her Excellency Tan Poh Hong, Singapore Ambassador to Denmark, Jan Schoemaker, regional president of Danfoss Asia-Pacific region; and Manuel Ong, general manager Danfoss Singapore and head of SEA-south

Danfoss has unveiled its sustainability technology centre (STC) in Singapore, the first in APAC.

Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board, the STC introduces global decarbonisation solutions that support the region’s sustainability efforts through technological development and strategic partnerships.

The centre will also localise Danfoss solutions to the APAC region, equipping local partners with the knowledge and skills for effective implementation of sustainable technologies.

The launch event was graced by Her Excellency Tan Poh Hong, Singapore Ambassador to Denmark; Birgit Dohmann Chang, Deputy Head of Mission at Danish Embassy; Soh Wai Wah, principal and CEO of Singapore Polytechnic; Kim Fausing, president and CEO of Danfoss; together with Jan Schoemaker, regional president of Danfoss Asia-Pacific region; and Astrid Mozes, president regions of Danfoss. Over 80 partners across public and private sectors, and academic institutions were also in attendance.

Interchanging ideas and innovation

The STC will showcase live demonstrations of Danfoss’ decarbonisation solutions, where visitors will see technologies that underpin some of Singapore’s sustainability projects. In addition to presenting Danfoss’ marine electrification solutions, the STC will also serve as a training, pre-testing and commissioning ground for future adopters.

Kim Fausing, president and CEO of Danfoss, commented: “Today marks another significant milestone for Danfoss. The STC will be a gateway for collaboration, partnerships, innovation, development, and elevating skills in sustainability solutions through training and application development. Seeing is believing, and this centre will serve as a platform for showcasing live decarbonisation solutions to our customers and partners. Singapore’s sustainability initiatives and infrastructure make it a prime location to drive decarbonisation efforts across the region and beyond. Personally, I am thrilled to witness the STC taking off successfully and accelerating the implementation of sustainability initiatives in Singapore and the wider APAC region. Being part of the solution to build a better future is what our purpose in Danfoss is all about.”

Singapore provides the STC with easy access for customers in the region, allowing it to support the different sustainability goals across the Asia Pacific countries. In addition, the STC is an expansion from the previous Green Building Training Centre, that was launched in 2020, and the Marine Electrification Application Development Center (ADC) previously housed in the Danfoss Singapore Office.

Driving sustainable change across industries

With a specialisation in buildings, food and beverage, land and marine electrification, and industrial green technologies, the STC will showcase technologies to decarbonise cities and improve energy efficiency across various sectors. These solutions aim to contribute to Singapore’s sustainability commitments made at COP28, as well as its Green Plan 2030 goals. The centre’s district cooling method saves up to 50% of energy compared to conventional cooling systems.

Furthermore, in line with the UN SDGs and Singapore’s 30-by-30 goals, Danfoss looks to safeguard food security and lower energy consumption across Food and Beverage partners across the region with the introduction of its vertical farming and CO2 cold room technologies. The thermo-physical properties of CO2 and expansion energy ejectors help refrigerants scale at greater temperatures and increase overall system efficiency.

Forging partnerships with eyes on the future

The STC will also foster the collaborative development of innovative sustainable solutions for traditional industries such as mining, palm oil, and construction. It will provide training to harness application of technologies as Danfoss works together with local partners and industries. 

Danfoss is also taking active steps to support Singapore Polytechnic (SP) in its efforts to make the entire educational campus CO2 neutral by 2030. The blueprint for SP comes from the ProjectZero model based on the town of Sønderborg, Denmark, which is on track to be CO2 neutral in its energy system by 2029.

Soh Wai Wah, principal and CEO of Singapore Polytechnic, shared: “Singapore is the nerve centre of the region’s sustainable technology development, and the sentiments resonate with students as well. Danfoss’ pioneering technologies are inspiring the next generation of changemakers to a suite of world-class sustainability technologies, and it has become a stimulus to embrace the challenges that can be seen as a roadblock to meeting the 2030 goals. We are excited about our plans of incorporating Danfoss’ STC into Singapore Polytechnic’s Sustainability Learning Journey, offering SMEs the opportunity to explore a range of decarbonisation solutions for their environments.”

Working towards its mission “[t]o help the world build a better future”, the STC aims to bring greater value and transformation to partners across the APAC region through the relevant technological application portfolios.