Singapore digest news (04.09-08.09)

First research centre for coastal protection and flood management launched by PUB, NUS

Singapore's first research centre dedicated to strengthening local capabilities and expertise in coastal protection and flood management was launched on Thursday (Sep 7).

It has already kick-started nine research projects across four key areas: Coastal science research; monitoring, prediction and digitalisation of the coastal environment; innovative engineering solutions, and integrated nature-based solutions.


Alternative music festival Baybeats will be back at the Esplanade in October – and it's free

Singapore’s largest alternative music festival, Baybeats, is back from Oct 6 to 8 at Esplanade this year – and it's free. The festival features a line-up of homegrown and international acts, supported by new partnerships formed with overseas music festivals.


Upcycling silicon from expired solar panels into lithium-ion batteries

Scientists from NTU Singapore have devised an efficient method of recovering high-purity silicon from expired solar panels to produce lithium-ion batteries that could help meet the increasing global demand to power electric vehicles.

Existing methods to recover high-purity silicon are energy-intensive and involve highly toxic chemicals, making them expensive and limiting their widespread adoption among recyclers.

The NTU researchers overcame the challenges through a new extraction method using phosphoric acid, a substance commonly used in the food and beverage industry.


The Float @ Marina Bay will undergo construction to be redeveloped into the NS Square from the third quarter of 2023 until 2027

The new permanent stage deck and grandstand will have an increased seating capacity of about 30,000. The space will host Marina Bay Singapore Countdowns in the future. The stretch of Marina Promenade in front of the floating platform will be closed to pedestrian traffic from Sep. 6 to facilitate construction. The alternative pedestrian walkway route is along Raffles Avenue.


National Arts Council wants to catch artists, audiences and patrons with new collaborations

One key initiative targeting artists and audiences is, a new online platform which aims to be a one-stop shop for arts and culture for both demographics. Artists can list upcoming shows, while visitors can browse events for things to do and shows to watch.

The website, currently in beta mode, will soon also offer members-only privileges such as ticketing discounts, behind-the-scenes tours and other perks.