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Research & Development

Research & Development

Research & Development



CPC has always attached great importance to Research and Development (R&D) as being fundamental to corporate innovation and sustainable operations. The company currently 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 facilities are responsible for all research in their respective domains, with the headquarters-based Planning Department responsible for overall R&D operations management and control.

The EDRI is primarily focused on evaluating geological data and samples for their oil and gas production potential and on drilling technology research. The Refining & Manufacturing Research Institute leads in developing solutions for on-site production bottlenecks in manufacturing lubricants and other petrochemical products. The Green Technology Research Institute is concerned with technological development related to biofuels, renewable energy and green materials; and to aid the high-value petrochemical industry promotion policies of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, assists 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.

In 2016, CPC Corporation’s R&D expenditures totaled approximately NT$22.48 billion; R&D achievements included the following:


  • Completed interpretation and single well production analysis of the Mouroumar-2 test well in Chad.
  • Completed a core analysis report on the Mouroumar-1 well in Chad.
  • Niger - Agadem block: completed assessment of the plan for the first phase of oilfield development; and also research and planning for stabilizing production.
  • Completed a feasibility study of the Yilan County government’s geothermal civil BOT project.
  • Conducted monitoring of corrosion in domestic gas production wellheads by regular testing, reducing the level of operational risk and its related costs.
  • Accepted externally-commissioned projects that generated NT$86 million in revenue through 2016.


  • Conducted petroleum-product identification at the Wugu fuel supply center excavation site to obtain key references for pollution remediation.
  • Effected reduction in the total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) concentration in soil at Kaohsiung Xinguang Community and Kaohsiung refinery site 837 by the application of insitu remediation technology.
  • Developed two new industrial products: CPC ‘Superfleet’ E9 Synthetic Oil and CPC TDAE Rubber Processing Oil.
  • Developed second-generation, high-efficiency small-package gasoline and diesel additives that significantly enhance the fuels’ clean  performance.
  • Established diesel particulate detection technology to help in diagnosis of customer complaints pertaining to changes in the quality of CPC fuels.
  • Developed helmet deodorant, MOMONO anti-mosquito liquid, Hao Yang Jun A+ antibacterial and other biotech products. Hao Yang Jun A+ received the SNQ National Quality Mark in 2016.
  • Developed environmentally-friendly plasticity hydrogenation technology, which was granted a merit award in 2016 by the EPA for improved R&D into toxic substances.
  • Obtained two patents for polymer particle synthesis and electrolytic plating-related technology.
  • Established and distributed technology for identifying unknown materials that will provide real-time assistance in the clarification and resolution of such problems.
  • Evolved refractory material for furnace wall replacement and high-emissivity paint to enhance the heat transfer efficiency of furnace tubes.


  • Completed installation of a total of 209 solar photovoltaic systems at 9 CPC gas stations and set up 499 roofmounted solar photovoltaic panels at the Linyuan Petrochemical Complex.
  • Developed LED energy-saving lighting products and deployed them as canopy lighting at CPC gas stations, in corporate identity signage (CIS) and in other lighting applications. This enabled a reduction in monthly gas station electricity bills of NT$10,000~$20,000 and in carbon-dioxide emissions of 2.4~4.9 tons.
  • Developed green paint for use as coating for petroleumproduct service center lanes, CPC building exteriors, floor delineations and marking parking lot lanes.
  • Completed foundation development of lithium titanium oxide (LTO) energy storage materials and power storage modules. Exhibited two research-based products at the 2016 Taipei International Invention Show & Technomart – a wind/solar energy storagepowered street light and a fast-charge electric bicycle.
  • At the Yongan LNG Receiving Terminal: built a test plant beside the chilled water discharge channel for the cultivation of large-size marine algae – as part of the development of an energy saving, low-carbon and competitive aquaculture industry.
  • Completed construction of production testing facilities for lithium battery anode amorphous carbon materials. Production as of end-2016 amounted to 410 kg.


  • Completed “Oil and Gas Energy Outlook Compendium –– 2016 Viewpoint.”
  • Completed building of a forecasting model for Taiwan’s future primary energy ratio.
  • Completed two research-topic studies: “A Study of Price Differences Between Singapore’s Major Petrochemical Products and Dubai Crude Oil” and “A Study of the USA’s Henry Hub Natural Gas Spot Prices.”

The ‘CPC 70 Energy Summit’ was held on May 11, 2016 with a focus on future operational and developmental directions – including new energy technologies, diversification in natural gas usage and value-added gas station operations.