Xylem has opened a new multi-disciplinary centre for water, wastewater and energy technologies at the company’s regional headquarters in Singapore.
Located at ICON@IBP, the expanded headquarters brings the company’s regional R&D capability into a new Xylem Technology Hub Singapore (XTHS), alongside its regional leadership and personnel. Research will focus on developing breakthrough technologies in water distribution and water and wastewater treatment.
“This new multi-disciplinary centre will create ample opportunities to innovate and collaborate with our customers, as we work with them to tackle the region’s greatest water challenges, including water scarcity, affordability and infrastructure resilience,” said Patrick Decker, president and CEO of Xylem.
The new Xylem office will also feature a customer experience centre and a training centre, bringing together all of Xylem’s sales, customer support and technical capabilities for Southeast Asia.
“We’re excited about the energy and innovation that’s possible when we focus our resources, talent and technologies in one centre like this,” added Decker. “This new integrated facility will offer our customers and partners an immersive technology experience, as well as a state-of-the-art training centre. Singapore’s water sector continues to grow and innovate, so this is a great location to work together on solving the region’s water challenges.”
One of the first projects Xylem is undertaking at the new centre is a collaboration with A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC). Xylem will combine its expertise in water technologies with IHPC’s computer modelling and simulations. Together, they will evaluate fluid-structure interaction in pipe flow to develop a new computational fluid dynamics model tailored for Xylem’s applications such as SmartBall and PipeDiver. The model will then be applied to the design and testing of other products and solutions to be deployed in treatment plants and water distribution networks.
Work at the centre will also be supported by Xylem’s partnership with PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, to address challenges brought about by climate change and increasing water demand. Xylem is working with PUB on the development and implementation of technologies in common areas of interest, such as high-precision leak detection and condition assessment technologies, and using data analytics to pin-point water loss.