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Ng W.P.Q.,University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus | Lam H.L.,University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus | Ng F.Y.,Malaysian Palm Oil Council | Kamal M.,University of Technology Malaysia | Lim J.H.E.,Synergy Global
Journal of Cleaner Production | Year: 2012

This paper gives an overview of the green potential of the palm biomass industry, which contributes to Malaysia's economic and sustainable development. An overall picture of the green development indicators of the country is provided based on the authors' experiences in policy making, research and business development. The emerging palm biomass industry in Malaysia is foreseen to dominate the country's directional development in the coming years, particularly when the sustainability issue is raised globally. With the increasing volume of palm oil residue accumulation due to palm oil production, palm biomass is gaining significant attention and being increasingly utilised to produce various green products as well as highly valuable biochemicals, such as bioethanol, vitamins, etc. The palm oil industry has been identified as the key industry for expansion to achieve economic advancement along with the development of greener production processes in the country. Research on palm biomass, which is actively being carried out by both private and public institutions, is categorised. Furthermore, actions and policies to promote the implementation of green technology in Malaysia, while simultaneously defending both environmental and ecological health and promoting technology transformation, are summarised. Challenges and concerns over the green future of the country are discussed, as well as the business trend in the Malaysian palm biomass industry. Copyright © 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

News Article | February 23, 2017

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Ng W.P.Q.,University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus | Ng W.P.Q.,Synergy Global | Lim M.T.,Petronas University of Technology | Bt Mohamad Izhar S.M.,Petronas University of Technology | And 2 more authors.
Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy | Year: 2014

This paper overviewed the potential of rubber seed biomass for its various applications and processing technologies. The rubber seed availability and supply are studied and focused on Southeast Asia region. Technologies with rubber seed and rubber seed oil processing are reviewed. Challenges over rubber seed utilisation, e.g. rubber seed biomass availability, labour issue, etc., are raised and discussed. Future developments of rubber seed utilisation, in term of its management trends and supply solutions, are proposed. Rubber seed is gaining attractions for its vast practical applications, as a result of the expansion of rubber industry. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Rasmussen T.,Synergy Global | O'Keefe E.,Synergy Global
Mineral Economics | Year: 2014

With the extractive industry remaining as the biggest single contributor to projected continued growth in African GDP, the opportunities for social and economic transformation through the industry are significant. The potential development role of the extractive industry is clearly defined in the Africa Mining Vision (AMV), but its advancement is currently limited by the shortage of skills in and surrounding the industry. This paper argues that only through addressing the shortage of mineral skills, defined as going beyond the narrowly defined technical requirements of the extraction process, can the extractive industry realise its development potential. As skills initiatives are currently happening in a fragmented fashion, this will also necessitate a coordinated effort for skills development and joint capacity building of institutions. This paper points to the African Mineral Development Centre (AMDC) and the AMV as the right home for this coordination, but argues that incentives and drivers for all parties to participate must be identified and addressed to support this. In addition, it is suggested that methodologies for ‘skills outlook’ and long-term planning be applied, based on international models, in combination with continuous dialogue between all relevant sectors. © 2014, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Ng W.P.Q.,University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus | Ng W.P.Q.,Synergy Global | Lam H.L.,University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Journal of Cleaner Production | Year: 2014

This paper presents a functional clustering approach integrated in an industrial resources optimisation. Industrial processing hub formation through functional clustering of involved facilities is presented. A palm biomass case study is developed in this paper to illustrate the functional clustering model. Production facilities are identified and processing hub allocation is determined in the case study. Two models are developed: (i) biomass supply network optimisation and synthesis and (ii) biomass supply network with functional clustering. The former acts as a base case for optimal supply network synthesis. The following reforms the former by integrating a functional clustering concept. The second model functionally clusters the industrial facilities based on their material interactions. Each cluster formed consists of a centralised processing hub, which acts as the backbone/seed of a functional cluster. Strategic locations of centralised processing hubs are determined and functional clusters are formed by optimisation modelling. Optimised biomass supply networks are developed from the optimisation activities. The optimisation result favours centralised processing hub formation. Lowered machinery capital investment and transportation cost are achieved in the functional clustered model. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Ng W.P.Q.,University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus | Ng W.P.Q.,Synergy Global | Promentilla M.A.,De La Salle University - Manila | Lam H.L.,University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Journal of Cleaner Production | Year: 2015

This paper presents a novel algebraic technique of supply network synthesis and analysis. A case study of biomass processing for supply network synthesis using three techniques (i) mathematical modelling (ii) supermatrix scoring concept and (iii) algebraic analysis with graphical visualisation is demonstrated. The results and performances of three techniques are compared. Comparable modelling results are obtained for all three approaches. The introduction of quantitative cum graphical analysis of supply network allows the performance overview of each possible choice of supply network in one picture. Besides, the algebraic method allows the concurrent set-up of material allocation and ranking of possible supply network choices. This outweighs the mathematical modelling technique that allows for optimal supply network synthesis but giving no insight to the performance of next network choices; and the supermatrix scoring technique that ranks the general supply network choices in a whole picture yet incapable to capture the optimal selection which involves only part of the players, especially in supply network problem. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Synergy Global | Date: 2016-06-03

A security wall rack and television mount combination is described to deter or prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to the back of a television or the wall mount that supports the television and to deter or prevent theft of a television. The wall mount includes security covers that are rotatably attached to the frame that cover the location where screws will secure the frame to a wall or other surface. The mount is rotatably attached to the frame and provides for the system to be locked in place in a nested way.

Synergy Global | Date: 2013-11-06

The present invention relates to a Gas-to-Liquid processing system suitable for converting associated and non-associated natural gas into synthetic fuel, wherein said system comprises a reforming module and a Fischer-Tropsch module, characterized in that each of said modules are placed in a vessel, and further characterized in that the microreactors and the heat exchangers of the system are micro-channel based devices.

Synergy Global | Date: 2016-08-15

Clean room installations; Clean rooms; Sterilization units for buildings in the nature of apparatus that floods a room or space with anti-bacterial gas that eliminates all bacteria in the room or space.

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