Tag: Japan

Japanese researchers find cheaper, better way to produce erythritol

Japanese researchers find cheaper, better way to produce erythritol

February 11, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers at Tohoku University have found that using inedible waste glycerol as feedstock for erythritol rather than more expensive sugar and starch-based feedstocks can lower the production costs and provide another product for potential biorefineries to produce to diversify their outputs and revenue streams. Using glycerol was shown to have similar or even […]

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Japanese researchers make breakthrough in engineering baker’s yeast

Japanese researchers make breakthrough in engineering baker’s yeast

January 21, 2020 |

In Japan, research team at Kobe University has developed a method of artificially controlling the anchorage position of target proteins in engineered baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). The research demonstrated that this technique could be utilized to improve the amount of ethanol produced from hydrothermally-processed rice straw by 30%. It is expected that these results will […]

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Japanese researchers find efficient way to use surplus glycerol

Japanese researchers find efficient way to use surplus glycerol

January 13, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers from Tokyo Tech and Taiwan Tech recently found an efficient way to put surplus glycerol to good use. While the electrochemical conversion of glycerol to other more valuable organic compounds, such as dihydroxyacetone (DHA), has been studied for years, existing approaches require the use of precious metals, namely platinum, gold, and silver. […]

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ITOCHU teams with euglena on pilot plant in Colombia

ITOCHU teams with euglena on pilot plant in Colombia

December 16, 2019 |

In Japan, ITOCHU announced it has decided to conduct an overseas demonstration project in collaboration with euglena Co., Ltd. to culture euglena for animal feed and biofuel in Colombia, and has concluded a cooperative agreement with the partner company. This project is in addition to the project in Indonesia as announced on June 19, 2019. […]

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US-Japan trade agreement to promote increased ethanol, DDGS and corn exports

US-Japan trade agreement to promote increased ethanol, DDGS and corn exports

December 5, 2019 |

In Japan, the final US-Japan Trade Agreement solidifies trade with Japan by maintaining a zero duty on imports of corn for feed and eliminating a three percent tariff for corn other than feed. Japan will also eliminate U.S. sorghum tariffs, which are as high as three percent, and reduce a mark-up on barley for feed. […]

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LanzaTech scaling up alcohol to jet with DOE and PNNL

LanzaTech scaling up alcohol to jet with DOE and PNNL

November 25, 2019 |

In Japan, LanzaTech, continues to make strides in scaling up its alcohol to jet (ATJ) platform. Commercialization of the ATJ process has been years in the making, starting with the partnership between LanzaTech and the U.S Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL developed a unique catalytic process to upgrade ethanol to alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic […]

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Mitsui to invest $8.5 million in LanzaTech’s Chinese company

Mitsui to invest $8.5 million in LanzaTech’s Chinese company

November 14, 2019 |

In Japan, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. will acquire an equity interest in China-based next-generation ethanol producer Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Technology (SGLT). After obtaining the appropriate licenses and permissions, Mitsui plans to invest around $8.5 million in SGLT via a third-party allotment implemented by the company. SGLT is the world’s first commercial-scale producer of […]

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Japan’s Biodiesel Okayama gets building permission for MSW biomass power facility

Japan’s Biodiesel Okayama gets building permission for MSW biomass power facility

September 16, 2019 |

In Japan, Biodiesel Okayama Co., which is a subsidiary of Dowa Holdings Co. has obtained permission to construct a municipal waste treatment facility dated September 10, 2019 and will begin constructing a biomass power plant that will use food waste as the material. Biodiesel Okayama Co. will begin biomass power generation using food waste as […]

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Japanese biotech group launches largest tropical microalga facility in Malaysia

Japanese biotech group launches largest tropical microalga facility in Malaysia

August 20, 2019 |

In Japan, Chitose Group, a family of biotechnology companies, designed and supervised the largest microalga cultivation facility which is suitable to the tropical climate and established in the project jointly organized by Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) in Sarawak, Malaysia. The operation of the facility will be demonstrated on a ceremony arranged by […]

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Japanese researchers find key for increased TAG production

Japanese researchers find key for increased TAG production

August 12, 2019 |

In Japan, researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and colleagues investigated the conditions under which the model microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii produces more of the storage molecule triacylglycerol (TAG), found in microscopic algae. In an attempt to find conditions under which C. reinhardtii both produces more TAG and grows well, the team of researchers gave […]

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