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Ambient Condition Mineral Carbonation for Carbon Sequestration
Carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from flue gas emissions need to be safely sequestered to prevent re-emission into the atmosphere. One promising method to do so is mineral carbonation, which converts the captured CO2 into solid carbonates that are inert and permanently stable. However, the process for mineral carbonation commonly involves high pressure, temperature and a pure CO2 supply, or the use of chemical additives to activate the raw materials for reaction which severely limits its application. This technology offer is an ambient condition mineral carbonation process which avoids the high energy requirements of traditional mineralisation processes. It is adaptable and versatile, able to use a mixture of various raw materials such as incineration ash, concrete waste and steel slag as feedstock. This technology can be coupled directly to an efficient CO2 capture process, which eliminates the need to purify and recover the CO2 prior to the carbonation reaction. The carbonated aggregates (e.g. sand) from this process can be used as material for construction or land reclamation. In addition, if incineration ash is used as a feedstock, the heavy metals in it can be immobilised using this technology. The technology owner is looking for partners especially those in building & construction, waste management and high CO2 emitting industries for further co-development and test bedding of the solution. The technology owner is also keen to license this technology as well.
Carbon Capture from Dilute Flue Gases Using Aqueous Ammonia
Nearly half of Singapore’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions come from dilute flue gases (3 – 5% CO2 concentration) emitted by natural gas-fired power plants and refineries processes. CO2 capture from dilute flue gases is very challenging due to the large volumes of gases that needs to be processed to capture each tonne of CO2. Moreover, conventional CO2 capture solvent such as monoethanolamine (MEA) is corrosive in nature and struggles to keep up with the CO2 volume requirements. Furthermore, using MEA as a solvent is an energy intensive process which severely limits its application. This technology offer is a process which uses aqueous ammonia as a substitute for MEA to capture CO2. Aqueous ammonia is cheaper, safer, and more readily available compared to MEA. In addition, absorption/desorption using aqueous ammonia occurs at much lower temperature (50-80°C vs >120°C) compared to MEA. This significantly reduces both the CAPEX and OPEX of the system. The technology owner is looking for partners especially those in high CO2 emitting industries for further co-development and test bedding of the solution. The technology owner is also keen to license this technology as well.
AI for End-To-End Carbon Accounting and Management
As governments and financial institutions take bold steps to reduce their impact on the environment, organisations of all shapes and sizes face immense pressure to accelerate their sustainability journey and reduce their carbon footprint. Most organisations currently rely on consultants and spreadsheets to calculate their carboon footprint using data that is up to a year old. This technology offer is an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that integrates with key enterprise IT systems and other platforms to obtain live activity data across the value chain. The technology is applicable across industries and provides better visibility into the organisation’s footprint and reduces the time required to generate disclosure report by up to 90%. The technology owner is looking for partners and collaborators in the Energy, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, and Logistics industries to conduct pilot projects and further develop the niche industry requirements of the products.
Enabling Carbon Capture via Hydrogen Separation Membrane
Today, up to 95% of hydrogen (H2) produced is termed grey H2 as it is formed via steam methane reforming (SMR) using fossil fuels such as natural gas. This hydrogen is used in producing everything from fuels to plastics and is aptly named grey H2 as the carbon dioxide (CO2) from this reaction is expensive to capture and is often released or sent to the stack to be burnt off. With the global net-zero CO2 emissions target looming, there is an urgent need for technologies that can improve the efficiency of processes using grey hydrogen and economically capture the released CO2 making grey H2 into blue H2. This technology offer is a hydrogen separation membrane that reduces the cost of hydrogen purification and carbon capture. It is a temperature and corrosion-resistant membrane that is able to selectively filter out H2. By splitting syngas into H2 and CO2-rich streams, it simultaneously purifies hydrogen and pre-concentrates the CO2 for transport and sequestration. Furthermore, there is an additional benefit that waste H2 can be inexpensively recovered to improve the overall process efficiency. Hydrogen plants incorporating this technology now produce blue H2 and can generate additional income through higher efficiencies, hydrotreater margins, and carbon credits. The technology owner is seeking partners and collaborators, especially those in the oil and gas refineries or other H2 intensive industries, for pilot trials of their technology.

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Seeking Immersive Technology Partner for Omnichannel Retail Shopping Experience
With the acceleration of e-commerce and digital technologies post-pandemic, there is a need for closer integration of the physical shopping experience with online digital journey for a seamless omnichannel experience. As part of the company's drive to attract new and existing customers of a younger age group, a multinational corporation operating in the duty-free retail sector is seeking a technology partner to co-create memorable shopping experiences and enhance customer engagement with the help of immersive technologies, with a focus on, but not limited to Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). The technology seeker’s core strength is in the design of attractive physical airport duty-free retail environments for the global market, and their core product categories are Liquor & Tobacco, Perfumes & Cosmetics and Confectionery. Therefore, it is crucial for potential technology partners to consider a customer’s shopping journey within a travel retail environment (with associated constraints on shopping time, travel retail exclusives etc.) when conceptualizing and developing an immersive engagement experience. The technology seeker aims to eventually implement and roll out the project to several airports in the Asia Pacific region.
Seeking Gamification Software Technology for Warehouse Operation
Research has shown that gamification, i.e., adding game elements/mechanics into a traditional non-game environment would motivate employees and in turn drive greater performance and productivity. Game mechanics make the goals clearer and employee performance more transparent. Gamification would allow employees to receive immediate feedback, and benchmark their performance against their peers.  Given the above benefits, the technology seeker, who is a multinational company providing energy and automation solutions for efficiency and sustainability, intends to start a Proof-of-Concept (POC) project at one of its distribution centers - partnering with a technology owner to design and develop a gamification software application that introduces the following into existing warehouse inbound and outbound tasks: Game mechanics: rules and rewards (e.g. points, levels, missions, leaderboards, badges, and progress) Game dynamics: which illicit a set of emotions, behaviors, and desires resulting from the aforementioned game mechanics (e.g. competition through leaderboards, collaboration through completing team missions, sense of community, desire to earn and collect unique badges, and surprises by unlocking new missions) Additionally, the following are also desirable: Option for an employee to mask his/her identity (e.g. employee-defined username) Operational workflow error checking if the application is also used for task execution Analytics dashboard for an administrator to analyse the performance  Option for an administrator to turn on or off individual game elements
Seeking Biodegradable SPF-Boosting, Film-Forming Ingredients for Sunscreens
The technology seeker is an established personal care company that is looking to replace the nonbiodegradable ingredients in their sunscreen products (e.g. acrylates). Consumers and regulatory bodies are concerned about the environmental impact of sunscreens, particularly on marine ecosystems. In response to this, personal care companies are developing “reef-friendly”, non-toxic products, formulated with ingredients that are readily biodegradable and often bio-sourced. The client is looking for personal care ingredient suppliers as part of their program of new product development. They have a broad portfolio of brands and products and offer routes to market for companies developing sustainable ingredients. The client prefers a supply agreement. They may also offer their in-house R&D services and help with manufacturing scale-up and regulatory support for the ideal partner.
Seeking Sustainable and Durable Materials for Packaging Applications
Packaging materials play an important role in daily warehouse operations and the logistics industry to protect and transport vast amounts of products from different locations. Such packaging have to be designed to be sturdy, durable, withstand external loadings under various conditions and time periods as well as being reusable for economic reasons. As part of the company’s initiative to move towards green solutions, a Singapore-based packaging manufacturer is seeking sustainable composite materials as an alternative to wood for use in packaging solutions. Besides packaging, another possible use-case for the material may be for use as planks or floorboards at construction sites. The proposed composite material should be highly durable (strength and durability should be comparable to wood), cost-effective and be able to be easily manufacturable (e.g., extrusion, molding). The technology seeker is interested to collaborate with technology owners who: have access to relevant sustainable low-cost material sources as wood replacement are able to co-develop a suitable composite material from these sustainable low-cost material sources, with the desired functionalities for use in packaging applications e.g., able to withstand external loadings under various conditions are able to support the manufacturing of the material into usable products (e.g., packaging, planks)

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