Industry Trends

March 2022

See what has been happening in Asia’s petrochemicals, agrochemicals, automotive, bio energy, and mining industries over the last weeks. What are experts and industry magazines talking about?

What has been happening?

Aviation fuel from micro algae, Turning bamboo into biofuel, Stable vs safe batteries, and more. See what journals and industry experts have been discussing in the last four weeks.

Latest Industry Articles

The EV Grass Isn’t Always Greener
Advanced BioFuels USA

In some regions, an EV emits more carbon than an internal combustion engine vehicle. — … John Eichberger leads the Fuels Institute, and the question he is often asked is why the push for EVs? After all, they’re not always a greener solution than an ICE vehicle because most U.S. electricity comes from fossil fuels. It’s much more carbon intensive to manufacture an EV than an ICE vehicle.
Researchers Find Ways to Turn Bamboo into Biofuel
Advanced BioFuels USA

Researchers have found a way to turn bamboo into biofuel, a process that could have major implications for the future of the clean energy industry. “This is a simple and yet cost-effective process,” said Ali Salifu, a researcher at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Originally from Ghana, Salifu understands just how hard it is for developing nations to maintain any source of normalcy when it comes to power.
Separator key when it comes to 'stable' vs. 'safe' battery

Research from the lab of Peng Bai, assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, recently revealed the formula for building a perfectly stable sodium electrode. The team has now discovered the formula for a perfectly stable and safe electrode.
Could Algae Be the Answer to Aviation’s Big Carbon Problem?

Advanced BioFuels USA

Thomas Brück, professor of synthetic biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is leading a collaboration between TUM’s AlgaeTec Center and Airbus to produce aviation biofuel from microscopic algae, which are grown in saline environments on marginal land unsuitable for crop cultivation. Brück’s team has already tested its fuel with Airbus’s planes.

Clean Energy Superstar or Smokescreen for Fossil Fuel Use? Here’s What You Need to Know about Hydrogen.
Advanced BioFuels USA

… But some urge caution, noting that almost all the hydrogen currently produced is derived from fossil fuels, especially natural gas. And a study published last year found that, if those embodied emissions are considered, purportedly “clean,” hydrogen can have a greater climate impact than natural gas or oil.
Carbon-neutral biosurfactants may help boost mineral extraction from low-grade ores

Cleantech company Locus Fermentation Solutions announced the launching of a new mining operating division whose focus will be on developing and commercializing carbon-neutral biosurfactant additives to boost mineral extraction from low-grade ores. Biosurfactants are compounds of microbial origin that lower the surface tension between two liquids, between a gas and a liquid, or between a liquid and a solid.
What is eSAF, why the buzz and what’s stopping it from being produced at scale today?
Biofuels Digest

With the aviation industry committed to curtailing lifecycle carbon emissions, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has an important role to play. Air bp is already working alongside airlines and airports around the world to deliver increasing volumes of SAF.
A potential breakthrough for production of superior battery technology

Micro supercapacitors could revolutionize the way we use batteries by increasing their lifespan and enabling extremely fast charging. Manufacturers of everything from smartphones to electric cars are therefore investing heavily into research and development of these electronic components. Now, researchers have developed a method that represents a breakthrough for how such supercapacitors can be produced.
Singapore’s JOil the World’s First Corporate to Obtain Gold Standard Sustainability Certification for Its Jatropha Plantation
Advanced BioFuels USA

NGO-backed Gold Standard certification obtained for Ghana plantation; JOil’s proprietary Jatropha varieties a highly productive non-food crop for multiple sustainable industrial applications including biofuel; Second certification following ISCC certification since 2019 Singapore-based Jatropha JOil Singapore Pte Limited (JOil) has become the first corporate to be awarded the world-class sustainability certification Gold Standard for its Jatro.
Hydro plant in Samar to start commercial operations
Manila Bulletin

A 16-megawatt hydropower facility sited in Eastern Samar is ready to kick-off its commercial operations, according to project sponsor Taft Hydro Energy Corp. (THEC), one of the flourishing renewable energy companies in the country.With the facility now adding capacity to the grid, THEC indicated that the project “will support the country’s growing need for power and boost economic growth.
Indonesia begins electric car production with Hyundai plant

The Jakarta Post

Indonesia is the world’s largest nickel producer and also rich in cobalt, bauxite and copper ores, key materials in the manufacture of batteries for electric cars.

Indonesia raises palm oil export levy to maximum $375/T

Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia has raised its palm oil export levy and the maximum rate has been set at $375 a tonne when the reference price for the edible oil hits $1,500 a tonne, up from $175 previously, a new government regulation showed on Friday.

Anglo American successfully runs 10% marine biofuel trial

Biofuels Digest

In Singapore, Anglo American has successfully completed a sea trial using biofuel blended with very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), reducing carbon emissions by approximately 10%. The trial further demonstrates the potential for sustainable biofuel to be used as a ‘drop-in’ fuel, improving its viability to help reduce emissions in the shipping sector.

Singapore gives Japanese scientist top award for waste water technology invention

South China Morning Post

Singapore named a Japanese scientist as the recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize for inventing an efficient waste water treatment technology that has helped the city state recycle its scarce water resources.

Vietnam to build 3rd oil refinery

VN Express

Vietnam is working on administrative procedures to build a third oil refinery amid apparent shortages and surging prices due to dependency on global supply.

Chinese researchers develop copper, gold and silver catalyst for carbon capture and use

Biofuels Digest

In China, chemists have developed a nano-scale structure that combines copper, gold and silver to work as a superior catalyst in a chemical reaction whose improved performance will be essential if carbon capture and utilization efforts are to succeed in helping to mitigate global warming. One possible means of carbon-capture-and-utilization is via a chemical reaction called the electrochemical CO2 reduction reaction (eCO2RR, or simply ECR).

Thailand seeks more LNG supply

A global energy crunch is sending liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices skywards, but Thailand needs to ramp up its purchases to offset a steep production fall at its largest gas field and as sanctions threaten supplies from Myanmar.

Thai Firm Takes Over Myanmar Gas Field After Withdrawal of Chevron, Total

The Irrawaddy

State-owned PTTEP will take control of operations from July 20; the field accounts for roughly half of Myanmar’s gas demand and 11 percent of Thailand’s. The post Thai Firm Takes Over Myanmar Gas Field After Withdrawal of Chevron, Total appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Container Ships Begin Biofuel Trials in Singapore

Advanced BioFuels USA

(Biofuels International) CMA CGM along with Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has started biofuel bunkering in Singapore as part of its global trial to scale-up the wider adoption of the clean energy. Its 10,640 teu vessel, APL Paris, was the first of the group’s vessels on trial to be bunkered with biofuel in the city-state.

ConocoPhillips Completes Exit From Indonesia

ConocoPhillips has completed the sale of its oil and gas assets in Indonesia for $1.36B to local energy firm Medco Energi. The company decided to sell the assets after reassessing its portfolio in a bid to pursue energy transition opportunities, which would allow it to amass assets with lower GHG intensity, such as LNG.

GoodFuels launches Asia-Pacific hub in Singapore

Biofuels Digest

In Singapore, GoodFuels, the leading biofuels pioneer for the global transport industry, is expanding its activities into the Asia-Pacific region with the opening of a first office in Singapore. This new permanent presence in the region will enable GoodFuels to respond to the fast-growing global demand for its advanced sustainable biofuels, which reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by up to 90%. The Singapore office will be GoodFuels’ second office and its first outside of Europe.

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