Green Manufacturing Technologies and Products at the Sustainable Manufacturing Centre in Singapore

March 21, 2011 by  
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The Sustainable Manufacturing Centre (SMC) is an industry innovation centre under the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

SMC was set up to help the manufacturing industry develop and implement innovative sustainable manufacturing technologies that reduce emissions, waste and toxicity. SMC currently offers research and core capabilities in:

  • Sustainability assessment tools and techniques
  • Carbon measurement and reduction strategies
  • Eco-design of sustainable products
  • Processing and application of sustainable materials
  • Knowledge and technologies for resource efficient manufacturing
  • Resource recovery and recycling from manufacturing waste
  • Remanufacturing
  • Sustainable packaging
  • Green supply chain management

If your company is looking for sustainable manufacturing solutions and technologies, or is interested to find out the environmental life cycle impact and carbon footprint of your products, do visit and contact the Sustainable Manufacturing Centre. Read more

Neste Oil’s NExBTL Renewable Diesel Plant in Singapore to Start Operations by Year-End

May 27, 2010 by  
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Overview of Neste Oil Singapore production site

Neste Oil announced that the construction of its new NExBTL renewable diesel plant at Tuas in Singapore, is 90% completed and will be ready for operations by the end of the year. This €550 million plant will be the largest in the world with an annual capacity of 800,000 metric tons.

Mr Matti LievonenMr Matti Lievonen, President and CEO of Neste Oil Corporation said: “With the construction of our NExBTL renewable diesel plant in Singapore into its final stages, we are the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel. We see Singapore developing into the Asian center for biofuels, and Neste Oil’s investment here will contribute to this development.”

The NExBTL renewable diesel is fully compatible with existing diesel engines and will meet the demand for cleaner traffic fuels, especially from European countries due to the EU directive that sets a target for traffic fuels to contain at least 10% from renewable content by 2020. Neste Oil estimates that the market for the renewable diesel is at least 35 million tons in 2020.

Neste Oil’s NExBTL technology allows the use of any vegetable oil and animal fats to be used as feedstock in the production process. The new plant in Singapore will be using palm oil and palm oil derivatives sourced from the region such as Malaysia and Indonesia. There are also plans to use animal fats as feedstock in the future.

Neste Oil claims that the NExBTL renewable diesel is the cleanest renewable diesel available today and compared to conventional diesel, it produces:

  • 40-80% less greenhouse gas emissions over the product’s entire life cycle
  • 10% less nitrogen oxides
  • 28% less particulate matter
  • 28% less carbon monoxide
  • 50% less hydrocarbons

Responding to questions about the environmental impacts of palm oil plantations, Mr Lievonen said that Neste Oil is committed to environmental responsibility, its palm oil suppliers are expected to act responsibly, and they will follow principles by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

NExBTL Process Plant

Main NExBTL process unit

Tank farm area for feedstock and intermediate products

Tank Farm

Source and image credit: Neste Oil