Singapore’s ICES partners Japan’s Shion for conversion technology

14 September 2011 08:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Singapore’s Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) is collaborating with Japanese technology provider Shion to further develop technology that converts waste organic materials into chemical products, the two firms said on Wednesday.

Shion’s wet combustion technology allows the conversion of waste organic materials, particularly rice husks, into hydrogen and other-value added materials in a novel hexagonal batch reactor, Shion and ICES said in a joint statement.

Shion is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan’s Science System Corporation Shion.

The end-products from the conversion process, such as pyroligneous acid (wood vinegar), may be used in the building, chemical, medical or agricultural sectors, according to the statement.

The 18-month collaboration will see both parties investigating the best mix of products to make for maximum economic value, the statement said.

Financial details of the collaboration were not available.

“At present, fossil feedstocks are the main source of chemical production,” the statement said.

“With current concerns over the supply and increasing cost of fossil resources, uncertainties over the security of energy supplies and the effect of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, alternative processes utilising renewable resources are the focus of many research groups around the world,” the statement added.

ICES is an institute within the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), a government agency in Singapore.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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