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Research & Development

R&D AND INFROMATION MANAGEMENT R&D DRIVES TIMELY INNOVATION - A SOILD FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT

CPC has always attached great importance to research and development (R&D) as being fundamental to corporate innovation and sustainability in operations. The company now has an Exploration & Development Research Institute (EDRI) in Miaoli, its Refining & Manufacturing Research Institute in Chiayi and a Green Technology Research Institute and Material Testing & Certification Center in Kaohsiung. These facilitiesare responsible for all research in their respective domains, with the Taipei office-based Planning Department responsible for overall R&D operations management and control.

 

The Exploration & Development Research Institute is primarily focused on evaluating geological and stratigraphic data and samples for their oil and gas production potential and on research into exploration methodology and drilling / extraction technology. The Refining & Manufacturing Research Institute leads in developing solutions for on-site production bottlenecks in manufacturing lubricants, other refined productsand petrochemicals. The Green Technology Research Institute is concerned with technological development related to biofuels, renewable energy and green materials; and with aiding the high-value petrochemical industry promotion policies of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, for example by assisting manufacturers with the methodology for conducting pilot production runs. The Material Testing & Certification Center's work is centered on proving the commercial potential mainly of materials derived from the hydrocarbons handled and processed by CPC in its various businesses. CPC's research and development fees amounted to approximately NT$1.925 billion in 2017 and the results of that work are as follows:


EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT

 

● In compiling the overall outlook for oil and gas reserves, we integrated the results of research including seismic survey interpretation, well survey data, seismic characteristics and abductive inference. In the process we discovered no less than 3 different subjects in the 2D seismic survey area that were suitable for exploration.

 

● Research into, and planning of, the use of hydraulic fracturing in constructing the structural sand protection inFengshan, as a means of resolving the sand issues while also increasing productivity.

 

 

● Proposed the exploration of three Pliocene / Pleistocene sites with production potential, being close to 3 billion cubic meters of both unconventional and conventional biogas reservoirs in the Sinshih area.

 

 

● Completed an assessment report on the Qingshui private geothermal energy BOT project and updatedthe underground temperature and fissure models of the Qingshui geothermal area.

 

 

● Completed the geothermal heat acquisition tests for abandoned and sealed domestic wells. Also completedwere the temperature cycle tests for those oil pipes with insulation coating that have been installed along the same axis in single wells.


REFINING AND PETROCHEMICALS

 

● Developments in new production processes: these include the joint production of dicyclopentadiene andmethylcyclopentane; research on the use of recycled diesel catalysts in second stage hydrogenation; tert-Butylalcohol dehydration and production process analysis; and planning production procedures for the diluentcyclopentane.

 

● Established pollution remediation technologies: these include the use of mass spectrometry for the identification, analysis and applications of gasoline products; the use of soil gas in gas stations for the verification of pollution potential; and the use of geophysical survey technologies to complete the ground resistance tests of a site and determine the distribution of underground pollutants.

 

 

● Completed testing of the following applications: the actual vehicle emissions and pollution effect of ethanol gasoline; the performance of heavy diesel engines; and the performance of diesel additives in mitigating environmental pollution.

 

 

● Completed the monitoring of multiple parameters for water quality in wells in a number of industrial plants; carried out underground pollution remediation and inspection services; monitored airborne volatile organic compounds (VOC) and sulfides; reviewed wastewater treatment and recycling plans as well as health hazard assessments.

 

 

● Completed an assessment of the impact on natural gas pipelines of sporadic currents emanating from the Taipei MRT system; and assisted the inspection of joint pipelines between the now-closed Kaohsiung Refinery and the Dalin Refinery.

 

 

● Completed a review of gasoline and diesel production processes; carried out research and formulated technical services related to the optimization of petrochemicals production processes; resolved onsite issues and raised the level of operating efficiency so as to meet energy conservation targets.

 

 

● Completed the following: primary gasoline hydrogenation catalyst toxicity tracking at the Linyuan Petrochemicals Plant; plans for recycling styrene derived from the pyrolysis gasoline of the Petrochemical Business Division; performance testing of the R4101S hydrogenation catalyst in the fourth naphtha cracker at the Linyuan plant; and the analysis report on the source materials of hydrocarbon resin.

 

 

● Completed the technology transfer of new lubricant formulas and manufacturing techniques for motor oil, motorcycle engine oil, high-grade circulation oil and Super Duty Marilube Oil.

 

 

● Developed new CPC-branded lubricant products such as CPC Circulation Oil R100, CPC General Purpose Oil 15 and 5(II), CPC Wire Drawing Mill Oil NTM100, CPC Calcium Sulfonate Complex Grease No. 2, CPC Super Duty Marilube Oil CF15W40, Precision Machine Cutting Oil, CPC Marilube Oil CO250, and CPC Multi-Purpose Gear Lubricant 85W90.


GREEN ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

● Established green energy-related technologies: including well temperature measurement for geothermal energy sites; transesterification for the production of biodiesel and triacetin; biomass plasticizer composition; key techniques for water soluble high-reflective heat insulating coating; key technical principles for ecological watersoluble, stone-like coating; a two-stage vacuum process for producing perovskite solar cells; a platform to quickly screen antioxidant capacity, seawater nitrogen and phosphorus detection.

 

● Completed installation of the 499kWp solar energy pilot system at the Linyuan plant and subsequentlysold electricity to the TPC grid. We also completed the installation of solar photovoltaic systems at 44 CPC gasstations managed by the Kaohsiung Business Division; total installed capacity is 1411.7kWp.

 

 

● Using perovskite absorber film produced in both vacuum and non-vacuum processes, we completed a perovskite solar cell module with six units connected in series.

 

 

● Ecological biomass materials developed from vegetable oil were used for surfaces in a children's playground and then adapted for similar use at Gushan Elementary School in Kaohsiung City.

 

 

● Developed modified siloxane polymer materials to overcome corrosion in an insulated environment.

 

 

● Completed the sintering of lithium titanium oxide (LTO) material at the energy storage testing workshop in Chiayi and produced a total of 370kg of LTO substances.

 

 

● The light emitting diodes (LED) used in explosion prevention, emergency escape path guidelinesand emergency lighting have passed the Industrial Technology Research Institute's (ITRI) formal inspectionof the mechanical, electrical and explosion prevention characteristics of electrical equipment. These outdooruse LED lighting products have been installed in multiplebusiness operations.

 

 

● We have established five types of antioxidation analysis methods - including the clearance of 1,1-Benzophenone- 2-DPPH free radicals; evaluation of chelating effects on ferrous ions; evaluation of restorative power; capacity for clearing superoxide anion; total polyphenol content – together with a type of functional analysis and evaluation of whitening effects.

 

 

● Initiated trial mass production of non-crystalline carbon materials, which has produced a monthly total of 800kilograms of green cokes.

 

 

● Conducted trial mass production of heavy oil upgrading to refined pitch and completed process design – specifically, a duct and instrumentation process diagram, with detailing of pipelines plus equipment and instrument specifications.


INFORMATION MANAGEMENT CPC PREPARES FOR THE FUTURE: ONGOING OVERHAUL AND UPDATE OF ITS IT SYSTEMS

 

CPC's vision for information development comprises free-flowing information over secure networks, precise real-time settlements, universal access to information and most importantly, useroriented and convenient services. The goal is to get closer to the market and embrace customers. To realize this vision while upholding strategic business goals and meeting the challenge of competition, CPC’s information development initiativesemphasize the continuous integration of corporate information systems, provision of real-time management information for decision-making, expansion of the industry value chain by integrating physical and virtualchannels, establishment of customer relationship management (CRM) practice, expansion of thescope of high-quality services and promotion of knowledge management.

 

To adapt to the overall growth of its business units and the development of corporate core services, as well as web-based application upgrades, CPC completed the replacement of its mainframes by distributed computing in 2015. Owing to the consequent enhancement of computer performance and reduced operation time, since then all customer accounts can be settled on the first day of each month. Moreover, the replacement not only greatly boosted computer performance, but also reinforced the remote backup policy for disaster recoveryprovided by the upgraded infrastructure. As a result, it guarantees business continuity as well as high availability, and non-stop business transactions to facilitate future expansion. The consistent adoption of cloud technology along with implementing staged virtualization of servers has significantly improved business efficiency and resulted in considerable cost reduction;, it has as well helped consolidate hardware and softwareresources and the employment of broadband networks providing digital services. The consistent adoption of cloud technology implementing staged virtualization of servers has significantly improved business efficiency and resulted in considerable cost reduction, as well as consolidating hardware and software resources and employing broadband networks providing digital services.


In order to enhance network quality and service reliability, CPC

 

implements a diversified information service program. Based on theexisting transmission system and network-enabled environment,CPC’s system combines mobile communications technology andservices and is paving the way for a mobile e-commerce operatingenvironment. Furthermore, in response to the Executive Yuan’s InternetProtocol Upgrade Promotion Program that mandates switching ourexisting fiber backbone network protocol to IPv6, CPC has alreadycompleted its upgrades in accordance with the prescribed timetable,thus meeting the needs of the next-generation network.CPC has also continued with improving the information systemsneeded for key tasks, and is using information technology to improvedata processing procedures. We are developing an integratede-commerce system for selling petroleum products, electronic couponissue, better filling station POS and multifaceted marketing networks.Further, we have established a petrochemical refining informationsystem that integrates our production scheduling system with crudeoil accounts; and we have established an exploration and productioninformation system that integrates exploration and geographical datafor management decision-making.Developing CPC’s information systems must factor in the 21st century’s accelerating convergence of computerization, digitization and globalization. That will require effort being focused chiefly on corporate resource planning systems, customer relations management, corporate intelligence, knowledge management and information and communications infrastructure. In that respect we will adhere to the government’s policy promoting deployment of Government Configuration Base (GCB), Open Data, IPv6 network adoption and upgrading and the use of the no-cost Open Office suite of applications (such as Open Document Format or ODF). With respect to systems, CPC looks to shortened settlement time and using Ainformation technology to boost production performance. As for services: we will rely on improved customer relations management(CRM) applications to help deliver high-level satisfaction to external customers; and use our information management system to supply real-time, transparent service management options to internal customers. With corporate intelligence, we are applying knowledge management principles to consolidate our corporate intellectual capital and popularizing a decision-making system that encourages widespread reference to information applications. With information and communications infrastructure, we are integrating our networkservices, enhancing mobile and e-commerce workability, strengthening Critical Infrastructure Information Protection (CIIP) and continuing to implement online and network security measures. In the field ofmanagement, we are reinforcing the organization of information in order to boost management performance, implementing integration of IT resources on an open platform and generally continuing to upgrade the company’s IT know-how, processes and paradigms in order to boost overall corporate performance.