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Sino Group Innovations Honoured at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva

Proprietary technologies of City Air Purification System and In-building Hydropower System win Gold Medals; Smart Car Park Lighting System wins Silver Medal; City Air Purification System also recognised for stylish design.

Three innovations developed and supported by Sino Group are honoured with Gold and Silver Medals at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva, the most important specialist event of its kind in the world. Gold Medals are awarded to the proprietary City Air Purification System (Generation Two) (CAPS II) and In-building Hydropower System (Generation Three) developed by Sino Group while the Smart Car Park Lighting System developed by Liricco, a start-up supported by Sino Inno Lab, receives Silver Medal. This is the second consecutive year that CAPS is recognised.  It also wins the coveted Industrial Design Award, one of the major awards, thanks to the beautiful and practical design by Hong Kong designer Charis Ng.

The patented and award-winning CAPS, a joint effort by Sino Group and Arup, has progressed to the second generation. Fabricated in the form of a bus shelter, CAPS II represents a leap in efficiency in addition to featuring a stylish design. The enhanced system features an air curtain and duo air currents to shield from pollutants, it is capable of removing fine suspended particles (PM10 and PM2.5) in the air using anti-bacteria, nano-porous filter developed by the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute, which can effectively decompose volatile organic compound and kill microbes. The system also harvests solar energy through photovoltaic panels installed on top to self-sustain. To provide users with greater convenience, CAPS II is connected with the Internet of Things (IoT) that enables real-time monitoring, data comparison and interactive displays to show useful information on weather, air quality and bus schedules.
Mr David Ng, Group General Manager of Sino Group, remarks, ‘We are deeply honoured by the prestigious, international recognition bestowed on our humble idea of cleaning air in the open space.  It is very encouraging to see our conception brought to life, proven the effectiveness and progressing with enhanced efficiency and functionalities.  We hope it sparks more creative and innovative ideas to contribute to a healthier and greener future.’
Mr Daryl Ng, JP, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group, adds, ‘We are humbled that the system is again recognised at the revered international exhibition for innovators. The bus shelter module has wide applications for Hong Kong and all urban markets.  It can be adopted for various modes of transport or retrofitted into existing buildings and structures. We have installation plans to benefit the community while supporting the development of Smart City in a greener way.’
The prototype of the novel In-building Hydropower System (Generation Three) was unveiled at the exhibition. In the third generation of the system, the hydraulic design of the hydro turbine has been improved to enhance efficiency. The new system also features magnetic coupling for transmission and sealing, which does not require external power source, minimising the likelihood of wear-and-tear. Furthermore, a sub-system of bypass is designed to prevent excessive water pressure reduction and ensure normal water supply to the properties. The system has an output of about 200W when consuming 3 bar water pressure, generating hydroelectricity in a green and low-cost way while reducing carbon emissions. About 1.4 tonne of carbon dioxide emission can be saved per annum, which is equivalent to about 60 trees.

Smart Car Park Lighting System, developed by start-up Liricco Technologies Limited, is an intelligent building management system integrating multiple functions like energy saving, data collection and security alert. The system can automatically adjust brightness basing on ambience brightness and usage patterns of the drivers and passers-by, enabling substantial energy saving. The system also collects data and sends out security or maintenance alerts when it detects irregularity or hardware failure. Sino Group is putting the system on pilot at the car park of Olympian City 3.
‘The Group is committed to supporting R & D, we have been promoting innovation and technology through different platforms over the past several years.  We look forward to more collaborations with universities and like-minded partners from Hong Kong and overseas to explore more possibilities and out-of-the-box urban solutions,’ says Mr Daryl Ng.
The International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva is widely recognised as the most important specialist event of its kind, attracting hundreds of exhibitors from around the world to showcase their inventions and innovations. Held in April this year, over 1,000 inventions have been presented by some 800 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and regions. 

About Sino Group
Sino Group is one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong with core business in developing residential, office, industrial and retail properties for sale and investment.  The Group is also a major player in hotel investment and management, club management, property management, car park operations as well as environmental and security services. With a team of over 10,000 dedicated professionals, Sino Group strives to consistently deliver quality properties and services that surpass the expectations of customers.
As a committed corporate citizen, Sino Group has been actively participating in community services and green activities as well as art and culture events over the years.  The Group focuses corporate social responsibility efforts on four areas: Sino Care, Sino Green, Sino Art and Sino Heritage. Sino Land Company Limited (083) has been a constituent member of the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series since September 2012 for its continual efforts in promoting sustainability.