Tag: Singapore

Singapore eyes lab-grown food to ease supply concerns

Singapore eyes lab-grown food to ease supply concerns

September 21, 2020 |

In Singapore, development of plant-based and cell-cultured food is accelerating as the COVID-19 pandemic draws into sharp relief both the impact of climate change and the small nation’s overreliance on food imports. Currently, approximately 90% of Singapore’s food has to be imported. The country aims to cut this to less than 30% by 2030. Local […]

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Singapore researchers convert pineapple waste into aerogels

Singapore researchers convert pineapple waste into aerogels

September 14, 2020 |

In Singapore, researchers have developed a method to convert pineapple leaf fibers into aerogels with applications in food preservation and wastewater treatment.  National University of Singapore Associate Professor Duong Hai-Minh says the aerogels are very versatile. “They are effective as oil absorbents and for heat and sound insulation,” he says. “We have also demonstrated their […]

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Free of charge: Researchers recycle old batteries using orange peels

Free of charge: Researchers recycle old batteries using orange peels

August 31, 2020 |

In Singapore and China, researchers are using fruit peel waste to recycle old lithium batteries. The method involves using orange peels to recover precious metals from battery waste, which could then be used in the production of new batteries. The work was done by a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University and NTU Singapore “Current industrial […]

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Dow, Thong Guan launch biobased cling film in Asia Pacific

Dow, Thong Guan launch biobased cling film in Asia Pacific

July 27, 2020 |

In Singapore, plastics giant Dow and cling-film maker Thong Guan have introduced a biobased polyethylene plastic stretch film for the Asia-Pacific market. Under the terms of their collaboration, Thong Guan will be using Dow’s biobased linear low-density polyethylene resin made from tall oil, a residue of paper production, to produce the Nano Bio range of […]

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National University of Singapore researchers discover new ethanol production method from CO2

National University of Singapore researchers discover new ethanol production method from CO2

May 5, 2020 |

In Singapore, National University of Singapore scientists have discovered a new mechanism for selective electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) to ethanol using copper-silver (Cu-Ag) composite catalysts. Results show that an influx of CO molecules, provided by silver (Ag) co-catalysts, activates an otherwise-locked mechanistic pathway on Cu which converts CO2 gas to ethanol. Further plans […]

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Singaporean researchers discover air pollution insights for both fossil and biodiesel

Singaporean researchers discover air pollution insights for both fossil and biodiesel

April 22, 2020 |

In Singapore, a team of researchers from Yale-NUS College, in collaboration with scientists in Sweden, has found that bisulphate species in the exhaust stream are strongly connected to decreasing the effectiveness of exhaust remediation catalysts in diesel engines. Their findings pave the way for synthesizing more sulphur-tolerant catalysts and developing regeneration strategies for catalyst systems […]

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Singaporean researchers launch report on alternative shipping fuels

Singaporean researchers launch report on alternative shipping fuels

April 21, 2020 |

In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) have launched a report that outlines how companies can use alternative fuels to power their ships. This will help them meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of at least 50 per cent, compared to the […]

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Neste sees renewable diesel exports soaring to 20M tons over next decade

Neste sees renewable diesel exports soaring to 20M tons over next decade

March 31, 2020 |

In Singapore, Platts reports that Neste believes global demand for renewable diesel will soar to more than 20 million metric tons over the next decade from just 5 million tons last year thanks to demand for sustainable aviation fuel as well as for road transportation in addition to chemical and polymer demand. By mid-2022, the […]

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Challenges at the Panama Canal could delay US ethanol exports to Asia

Challenges at the Panama Canal could delay US ethanol exports to Asia

March 4, 2020 |

In Singapore, Platts reports that low water levels at the Panama Canal’s Gatun Lake which has resulted in implementation of a new freshwater surcharge on February 15 has led to some delays which are seen adding an 10-12 days of shipping time on to US-origin ethanol headed to Asia. Yet despite the delays, some traders […]

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Further palm oil tightness in Malaysia and Indonesia seen supporting prices in 2020

Further palm oil tightness in Malaysia and Indonesia seen supporting prices in 2020

December 26, 2019 |

In Singapore, Platts reports that with crude palm oil stocks falling in both Malaysia and Indonesia, prices rose to $648 per metric ton in early December against around $500 per ton at the start of the year, but even with higher prices, the POGO spread between the cost of heating oil and palm oil futures […]

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