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Research & Development

Research & Development

KEEPING PACE WITH THE TIMES – BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY

ENHANCING IN-DEPTH RESEARCH – EXPANDING TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITY

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.

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 in Fengshan, 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 updated the underground temperature and fissure models of the Qingshui geothermal area.
  • Completed the geothermal heat acquisition tests for abandoned and sealed domestic wells. Also completed were 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 and methylcyclopentane; research on the use of recycled diesel catalysts in second stage hydrogenation; tert-Butyl alcohol dehydration and production process analysis; and planning production procedures for the diluent cyclopentane.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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 subsequently sold electricity to the TPC grid. We also completed the installation of solar photovoltaic systems at 44 CPC gas stations 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.
  • Initiated trial mass production of non-crystalline carbon materials, which has produced a monthly total of 800 kilograms 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.

 

 11-03-2019