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Dec 2021
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics

Technology and Costs - Cost Curve Models - Ethylene, Polyethylene, Propylene and Polypropylene 2021

The 2021 Cost Curve Analysis model for Ethylene - Polyethylene and Propylene - Polypropylene combines Nexant’s global plant capacity database and views on supply and demand with an extensive cost of production database and Nexant’s annual price forecasts developed for three oil scenarios.  Delivered as an interactive spreadsheet, the model offers views of historical, current, and forecast cost competitiveness and profitability for the industry.    
Dec 2021
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Petrochemicals

Advances in Propane Dehydrogenation (2021 Program)

Propane dehydrogenation capacity continues to grow at much higher rates than traditional propylene production routes. This report covers major technology licensors and their latest PDH process offerings and includes production economics prepared on a USGC, Western Europe, Middle East, and China basis. Global and regional propylene supply and demand are provided.
Dec 2021
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Advanced Carbon Applications in Lithium-ion Batteries (2021 Program)

A study of the supply chain and processing of commoditized spherical graphite, conductive carbon black, and other advanced carbon materials used in lithium-ion batteries. Examines both natural graphite and synthetic graphite value chains as well as acetylene black. Strategic outlook for graphite is examined in the context of public policy for environmental protection from the perspective of climate change and fluoride pollution, as well as changes in supply chain, changes in battery technology, and battery-electric vehicles.
Dec 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
C1 Chemicals and Fertilizers
Oil, Gas and Refined Products

Blue Hydrogen (2021 Program)

For achieving “net-zero” emissions by 2050 for constraining global temperature rise to 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius (°C), negligible or minimal (low) carbon hydrogen is receiving much attention. Different types of hydrogen are based on a color palette defined by environmental footprint and impact include grey, blue, green, brown, and others. Blue hydrogen projects are a major enabler for achieving “net-zero” emissions. Viable pathways for producing blue hydrogen mainly consist of steam methane reforming (SMR) and Autothermal Reforming (ATR). These are advanced commercial technologies and processes which must be integrated with carbon capture and sequestration where national and state level subsidies or incentives are utilized.
Dec 2021
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C1 Chemicals and Fertilizers

Ammonium Nitrates (2021 Program)

This techno-economic report provides a review of the technology, chemistry, economics, and market analysis for ammonium nitrate. Commercial technologies for the production of ammonium nitrate are discussed, as well as development trends. Cost of production estimates were developed for various neutralization technologies (utilizing ammonia and nitric acid) as well as production of calcium ammonium nitrate and urea ammonium nitrate, for plants located in the USGC, China, and Western Europe. An overview of the major applications for ammonium nitrate is provided, along with analysis of the global ammonium nitrate capacity and demand forecast.
Dec 2021
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Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Sulfonation Technologies (2021 Program)

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the sulfonation/sulfation technology used to produce surfactants, including the economics and markets. Commercial process technologies based on Desmet Ballestra Italy (DBI) and Chemithon licensed technology are assessed. Cost of production estimates of these production routes are included to illustrate the cost competitiveness of different sulfonated products in selected regions. A market review including regional sulfonation capacities and a discussion of supply and demand is also presented.
Dec 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Biomethanol as a Platform Chemical (2021 Program)

This report is a technoeconomic and carbon intensity comparison analysis of biomethanol (via feedstock switching to biogas, gasification, and power-to-methanol) and potential downstream base chemical products (acetic acid, ethanol, ethylene, propylene, BTX, and gasoline) which form the backbone of the modern chemical industry in turn can be used to produce most conventional petrochemicals, and therefore “green” these value chains. Carbon intensity reductions are valorized in case study scenarios of carbon emissions prices, and break even carbon values are estimated on a regional basis.
Dec 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

Polystyrene (2021 Program)

This techno-economic report reviews the chemistry and process technologies for general purpose polystyrene (GPPS), high impact polystyrene (HIPS), expandable polystyrene (EPS), and syndiotactic polystyrene (SPS). Processes from major technology developers are presented. Cost of production economics are presented for different GPPS, HIPS, and EPS processes for USGC, China, and Western Europe locations. Demand by end-use, capacity, and supply/demand/trade data is provided for global and major regional markets.
Dec 2021
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Sustainable Feedstock (2021 Program)

This report analyzes developments in municipal solid waste (MSW) technologies. Waste conversion technologies such as gasification, pyrolysis, mass burn incineration, anaerobic digestion, or aerobic composting are analyzed as alternatives to landfilling. The report provides economics of various disposal configurations in the US, China, Brazil, and Western Europe under a consistent 2021 price scenario. Regional industry analyses of waste generation and composition in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions are also offered.

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