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Research & Development

Research & Development

Research and Development

Promote overall R&D and carry out Information Security

Research and Development (R&D) has been the core value for both technological innovation and corporate sustainability in CPC. Three major institutes are responsible for the R&D in respective domains including the Exploration & Development Research Institute (EDRI) in Miaoli, the Refining & Manufacturing Research Institute (RMRI) in Chiayi and the Green Technology Research Institute (GTRI) in Kaohsiung while the Department of Planning in head office is responsible for the management and supervision of company-wide R&D operations.

EDRI primarily focuses on the analysis of domestic and foreign geological/stratigraphic data for the evaluation of oil and gas reserves, as well as the technological development on exploration methodology and drilling/extraction technology. RMRI plays a leading role on the R&D of high value-added petrochemicals, promotion of circular economy, pollution control, improvement of refinery structure/configuration and debottlenecking on-site production problems. GTRI is dedicated to the R&D related to biofuels, renewable energy and green materials and is responsible for the pilot production on advanced projects.

CPC's expenditure on R&D in 2019 amounted to about NT$2.291 billion. The R&D achievements are described below:

Exploration & Development Research Institute

  • Chad Block: CPC completed an evaluation of oil and gas resource and its exploration risk. The assessment will be an important guideline for further exploration or development. We completed an evaluation of production capacity and reserve for all structures in Oryx Field with most conservative conditions. It helps us to make optimal production plan. CPC completed a design of production separator and long-distance pipeline, which helps to suitably plan the surface facilities and pipeline clearing. CPC applied AI and Big Data technology to analysis of well test data and seismic image.

  • CPC researched on the petroleum systems of Paleozoic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous in the Rub al Khali Basin, and performed a simulation of the hydrocarbon generation and migration in Abu Dhabi. It shows that the oil and gas storage potential of the Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous structures in the west section is good, while the oil and gas saturation rate in the early Cretaceous structures in the mining area to the north of the east section is relatively higher. The results will helps to bid for new blocks in the Mideast area in the future.

  • CPC evaluated the hydrocarbon potential of areaconcession and found two structural closures with 30 km2 and 12 km2, and other stratigraphic traps formed by four channels. The Class I AVO anomaly shown in the AVO analyses implies probable hydrocarbon reserves.

  • CPC evaluated the potential of methane hydrate in Yongan and Good Weather Ridges, area off SW Taiwan based on BSR interpretation, characteristics analysis and volume method estimation of 3D seismic data. It shows a positive result.

  • CPC strived to ask Natural Gas Business Division put the gas of Tiehchenshan cellar as the safety reserve. Currently there is gas of 337 million cubic meters has been agreed to be counted as safety reserve. CPC is striving to ask Bureau of Energy to put it as the safety reserve.

  • CPC established a preliminary 3D model of geological structure and fracture permeability distribution for the geothermal potential area Tuchang based on the data from geological survey and Wells 3 and 4. The understanding of spatial distribution of the geothermal reservoir enables us to perform a regional simulation of geothermal fluid and groundwater circulation

  • CPC completed a project committed by EPA: “Identify the Source of Petroleum Contamination in Soil and Groundwater.” It allowed us to establish a method of fresh gasoline identification which enables EPA or CPC to quickly clarify the responsibilities of contamination. We also have established some systematic techniques to identify other petroleum products such as fuel oil, lubricant oil and crude oil. With these methods, CPC effectively assisted EPA or CPC in identifying the contamination source and expediting decontamination process. It prevented contamination expansion and made a contribution to environmental protection.

Refining & Manufacturing Research Institute

  • Developments in new production processes: these included the introductory assessment of a new light diesel engine motor oil formulation to meet the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) C3 5W/40 standards; development and application of CPC amorphous soft carbon anode vehicular battery research; electrochemical/mechanical hybrid shear exfoliation graphene of artificial graphite; environmentally-friendly precision machinery cutting oil; on-site application of chemical oxidation technology in Xinguang Community; analysis and discussion of the styrene recycling project; establishment of alicyclic polycarboxylate hydrogenation technology; development of high-frequency substrate materials; planning of a trial production process for refined bitumen; development and application of magnetic filters and packing technology.

  • Completion of the commercial gasoline and diesel quality and performance evaluation study; heavy-duty diesel engine testing; gasoline and diesel fuel additive cleaning performance tests; and testing the impact of natural gas blended with nitrogen on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from furnaces were carried out to ensure environmental protection.

  • Groundwater soil remediation and testing services in refinery's polluted sites; airborne volatile organic compounds (VOC) monitoring; VOC recovery of gasoline filling exhaust; health risk assessment; and planning for waste-water treatment and recycling.

  • The effect on pipelines of stray electric currents from the Kaohsiung and Taipei MRT systems was continuously monitored; and assistance was provided in diagnosing boiler pipe problems in order to ensure pipeline safety.

  • Successfully using its own heavy oil through a self-developed refining process to exploit a long-life amorphous soft carbon material as a powerful lithium-ion battery in the anode material. In light of the recent booming of green energy industry, our research mission is about the design of battery systems and the smart gas station.

  • Optimization research was carried out on the gasoline and diesel production processes and petrochemical raw material processes. Related advisory services were offered so as to resolve on-site problems, enhance operational efficiency to achieve energy-saving goals.

  • Technology was transferred for newly-formulated CPC Marilube CO400, environmentally-friendly metalworking fluid, and long-life equipment oil.

  • Developed CPC Racing CVT, Mirage PRO CVTF, CPC Superpower C3/SN Fully Synthetic Motor Oil 5W/30, CPC Racing C3/SN Fully Synthetic Motor Oil 5W/30, CPC Racing MB SN Fully Synthetic Motor Oil 5W/40 and American Petroleum Institute (API) SP 5W/30, 10W-40 passenger car engine oil and other products.

  • Microparticle of diffusion and elastic synthesis technology was established; continue to incorporate with well-known global companies to develop and promote eye protection lighting.

  • Obeying the plastics restriction policy in Taiwan, bio-based and bio-degradable plastics are our research targets. Bio-based plastics use biomaterials as feedstock, and bio-degradable plastics undergo microbial decomposition to carbon dioxide and water. We focus on polylactic acid (PLA) as the short-term target, and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) which is more environmental friendly as the long-term target. Non-food feedstock such as lignocellulose, methanol or natural gas is considered owing to economic and environmental issue.

  • Another research topics are novel biomaterials development, including whitening and antimicrobial ingredients as well as new medicines. We also use these ingredients to produce cosmetics, trying to break into retail market.

Green Technology Research Institute

  • Assisted CPC in the installation of solar photovoltaic systems. So far, the installed stations are more than 200 that the total capacity has reached 8.12MW.

  • Established a cloud management system to monitor and maintenance the photovoltaic power stations, and created the standard operation procedures for operation & maintenance. The all of photovoltaic power stations have been real-time monitoring the state of power generation by the cloud management system.

  • Developed transesterification process technology, which can be widely used in the application of biodiesel, biolubricants, and special chemicals.

  • Developed bio-based carbon technology, which can be widely used in the application of supercapacitor, capacitive deionization (CDI), battery energy storage system.

  • Completed the planning and construction of smart green energy gas stations (Qianfeng Rd. Gas Station, Tainan) and smart green energy houses (CPC Hongnan Dormitory).

  • Completed the production verification of 18 tons of lithium titanate (LTO) powders as anode materials with a high rate capability, excellent cyclic performance and safety.

  • Completed the development of environmentally friendly low VOC (50 g/L) heavy anti-corrosion coatings in accordance with ISO 12944 specifications, which can be used in heavy anti-corrosion coatings for offshore wind power and marine industries in the future.

  • Developed a new generation of eddy current detection technology to penetrate FRP to analyze defects and residual thickness of the oil tank floor and corrosion on the soil side.

  • The cold seawater discharge from the Yong'an LNG terminal of the Natural Gas Business Division was used as feed seawater for growing seaweeds. A pilot plant with production capacity of 2 ton of seaweeds was built adjacent to the stream way of the cold seawater discharge. This research won the 16th National Innovation Award-Enterprise Innovation Award in 2019.

  • Established seaweed raw material production processes, COA, preservation protocols and analytical methods, and applied to the development of algae products for food applications.

  • Completed the establishment of quality control standards for γ-oryzanol powder, rice bran extract powder (glucosylceramine) and rice bran polysaccharides, and established packaging and storage conditions for functional raw materials.

  • Completed the pilot production process of 40 kg per batch of rice bran lipase, developed a laundry detergent formula and trial production of products.

  • Completed the expansion of the carbon material (i.e. coke, the precursor of soft carbon) pilot production plant and the installation of batch-type post-processing pilot equipment, increasing annual soft carbon capacity to 12 tons.

  • The development and design for dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) purification demonstration plant are completed.