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These local SMEs were recognised for their trailblazing clean technology solutions.

Neutrinos stores the hydrogen gas in metal canisters where the gas is kept in solid form, making it safe for transport and operation, says Mr Low

The firm's solutions overcome challenges in energy storage, including low energy density that results in heavier weight and a longer charge time, says Mr Lim

Neutrinos Engineering:
Customised treatments for your car's engine

NEUTO Intelligent Hydrogen System is a patented solution that removes microscopic carbon layers in hard-to-reach places - such as air manifolds, piston rings, valves, and spark plugs - with pure dry hydrogen gas.

The system can effectively reduce up to 70 to 90 per cent of vehicle emissions for both petrol and diesel engine and restore engine power and fuel efficiency up to 10 to 15 per cent, according to the technology's developer Neutrinos Engineering, a local clean technology starup.

"The most obvious difference between NEUTO Technology and other engine and decarbonised methods is that it is environment friendly, hydrogen-sourced and hydrogen-safe.

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"Most of the solutions in the market use chemical, which has the problem of chemical waste disposal. NEUTO uses pure hydrogen from a renewable industrial source (bio-mass plant). The only byproduct is water vapour. No pollution, no residual, no chemical waste," said Andy Low, the founder and CEO of Neutrinos Engineering.

Another of the solution's unique selling point is its ability to customise treatment according to a car's needs.

The system first diagnoses a car's health by assessing the exhaust gas, before prescribing the right amount of hydrogen gas suitable for the vehicle.

It then monitors the car's reaction to the treatment within a closed-loop feedback system and automatically adjusts the amount of gas required.

"We share the data information with customers and mechanics to have better understanding of the engine condition. We also believe the emission data is valuable to NEA for tracking and monitoring purposes," said Mr Low.

He added: "Drivers must know that they have a choice. By choosing environmental friendly methods to maintain their vehicle, they can reduce air pollution from the exhaust tailpipe."

In terms of safety, Neutrinos stores the hydrogen gas in metal canisters where the gas is kept in solid form in room temperature, making it safe for transport and operation.

"Hydrogen gas is safer than cooking gas. Even if there's hydrogen gas leak, it is so light that it will easily escape into thin air."

New Resources Technology:
Green Storage Energy Solutions

Energy storage solutions are one of the most critical components across different clean technology (cleantech) applications, ranging from electric vehicles to stationary energy storage applications for on-grid, off-grid and renewable sources.

Cleantech startup New Resources Technology (NRT) has developed advanced battery cell technologies that improve existing product performance to achieve higher power and energy density, as well as longer life cycle and safety.

The firm specialises in designing and manufacturing lithium battery systems for automotive and energy storage systems.

"NRT is continually evolving, adapting and innovating its energy storage technologies as we understand how essential it is for customers and key partners to create sustainability in their businesses," said the company's CEO, Kelvin Lim.

The firm's solutions overcome common challenges faced in energy storage, including low energy density that results in heavier weight, a longer charge time, and a higher cost of investment.

"Through in-house research and development and ongoing collaboration with strategic partners and research collaborators, NRT's lithium ion battery solutions are designed and proven to offer end-user such as electric vehicle manufacturers and stationary energy storage partners a light-weight, fast-charging and a cost-effective solution," said Mr Lim.

NRT focuses on four main market segments: Clean-technology vehicles such as electric and hybrid-electric vehicles; specialty and autonomous vehicles; industrial and residential uninterruptible power supplies; and large-scale energy storage for smart and microgrid operations. The company has a market presence in more than 20 cities in China, South-east Asia, Japan, Europe and India.

"Our battery system is currently used by leading manufacturers and system integrators globally for a wide range of applications," said Mr Lim.

With stronger commitments from governments around the world to reduce or eliminate carbon emissions from as early as 2025, demand for electric vehicles is expected to grow strongly, he added.

For instance, the population of new energy vehicles in China is targeted to reach 5 million units by the 2020, while the sale of fuel vehicles will be banned from 2025 in the Netherlands, and 2030 in Germany and India.