Market Analytics: Aromatics (BTX) - 2022 provides analysis and forecast of supply and demand of the global benzene industry with long term forecasts to 2045. Benzene demand is segmented by end-use production of styrene, cumene/phenol, cyclohexane, nitrobenzene, linear alkyl benzene and ‘others’.A trade overview of toluene and mixed xylenes for use in chemical production is also included.
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Traditionally hydrogen is generated from fossil feedstock and processes that emit significant amounts of CO2. In comparison, renewable or green hydrogen production results in materially lower emissions. Green hydrogen holds significant potential and interest for decarbonization of sectors that have previously been difficult to decarbonize. This includes both existing applications (e.g., refining, feedstock for chemicals) as well as emerging applications (e.g., e-methanol, e-ammonia, e-SAF), as well as potential in direct use for carbon emission free combustion. Growing interest in low carbon intensity hydrogen has stemmed from mounting net zero pledges and decarbonization goals, and an increasing focus on the energy transition. Production options explored several global regions and technologies covering thermochemical (biomass gasification), bio-methane reforming, electrolysis, and other advanced pathways from a technical, economic (cost of production model), and capacity level. A discussion of implications for the conventional technologies is also included.
This report focusses on the commercial and regulatory aspects of solvents. It lays out the global regulatory framework on solvent use and details the regional regulations that shape the solvent and its end use markets including paints and coatings, home and personal care, electronics, printing inks, adhesives, and industrial and institutional cleaning, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and others. This report also profiles and provides an index (NESMAI – NexantECA Solvent Market Attractiveness Index) of major solvents, considering NexantECA Solvent Sustainability Index (NESSI), regional regulatory factor, Product cost/value, market growth, competitive intensity within the region and regional market size.
This report offers a comprehensive techno-economic analysis of newly commercial and emerging methane pyrolysis technologies for the production of “turquoise” hydrogen, which can be produced from both fossil and renewable methane sources and produces a carbon byproduct that can be sequestered or displace existing fossil products. Technologies including thermal plasma, uncatalyzed pyrolysis, catalytic pyrolysis, molten metal/molten salt, and non-thermal plasma are covered, and key players within each major route have their technical maturity and processes profiled. Process economics are also provided for thermal plasma processes. The report also includes an analysis of turquoise hydrogen in the context of other low-carbon hydrogen routes.
This report examines technical, commercial and economic aspects of producing BTX aromatics, particularly para-xylene, which is the principal co-monomer for PET used in the production of fibers and bottles. Major technologies covered at the cost of production level include catalytic fast pyrolysis, catalytic reforming of carbohydrates, cycloaddition of furans, catalytic conversion of iso-butanol to para-xylene, enhanced FCC of renewable feedstocks, renewable methanol-to-aromatics (MTA), rLPG-to-aromatics, bioethanol-to-aromatics (ETA).
The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of biosurfactants. Technical and economic aspects of producing biosurfactants are explored in detail including cost of production models for key technologies. Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
Market Analytics: Polyurethane Intermediates - 2022 provides analysis and forecasts to 2045 of supply and demand of the global polyurethane intermediates markets. This analysis identifies the issues shaping the industry as well as provides global capacity listings, with long term demand, supply and net trade forecasts for 40 countries.Products analysed in detail include nitrobenzene, aniline, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI).
This report examines the technical, economic, and strategic aspects of thermal conversion (e.g., pyrolysis and hydrothermal treatment) technologies that are used to recycle mixed plastics waste. Selected developers of technologies were profiled and ranked under different criteria. The economic analysis of thermal conversion technologies, involving the production of feedstocks for olefins are provided for different geographic regions. In addition, the report includes an analysis of the plastic-based naphtha delivered cost competitiveness to Western Europe from the USGC, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. An ethylene carbon intensity analysis is provided. Strategic and business considerations are also included in the report.
This report is an extensive techno-economic overview of available renewable ammonia technologies in the context of the radical decarbonization required for the ammonia industry to reach COP25 goals. Major technologies are covered in a modular fashion including hydrogen provision, ammonia conversion, nitrogen capture, and carbon capture and sequestration. The report benchmarks blue ammonia against green ammonia ventures in terms of carbon intensity and economic competitiveness. Blue ammonia models cover ATR and SMR routes in detail, including flue gas capture and including potential sensitivities of costs for geological sequestration dependent on distance, injection well depth, and terrain. Green ammonia models cover both full-rate production and evaluate claims of cost competitiveness under intermittent production against a wide variety of plant-gate ammonia pricing and electricity pricing scenarios using an innovative probabilistic methodology.
In this report, NexantECA comments on the motivations behind the recent hydrocarbon resin capacity additions and provides a high-level analysis of the business and strategic considerations as well as the conventional and bio-based technology availability from the perspective of a company entering or expanding into the hydrocarbon resin market. The production cost estimates for plants located in the United States, Western Europe, China and South-East Asia have been estimated for the second quarter of 2022 for the following resin types: aliphatic (C5), aromatic (C9), C5/C9, cycloaliphatic (DCPD), pure monomer, hydrogenated aliphatic, hydrogenated aromatic, hydrogenated DCPD and hydrogenated DCPD/C9 resins. This analysis is underpinned by a review of end-use sector consumption as well as regional market dynamics.