Tag: Japan

J-ENG and NYK Line team with GoodFuels to research and trial biofuel use for shipping

J-ENG and NYK Line team with GoodFuels to research and trial biofuel use for shipping

May 16, 2019 |

In Japan, Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG) has announced to cooperate with NIPPON YUSEN KAISHA (NYK Line) to start the research and development of biofuel using a test engine as one of solutions for decarbonization. In collaboration with NYK Line, J-ENG plans to carry out the engine test using the biofuel from GoodFuels, a leading biofuel supplier […]

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Japan gives Indonesia two more years to demonstrate palm oil sustainability

Japan gives Indonesia two more years to demonstrate palm oil sustainability

April 3, 2019 |

In Japan, Reuters reports that the national trade and industry ministry has pushed back the requirement for palm oil used in biomass power plants to have Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certification until 2021 rather than the previously planned March 31, 2019 deadline. The extension came as part of bilateral cooperation negotiations with Indonesia. Japan […]

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Euglena believes new partnership will allow it to jumpstart biodiesel commercialization

Euglena believes new partnership will allow it to jumpstart biodiesel commercialization

March 28, 2019 |

In Japan, Euglena has teamed with auto parts manufacturer Denso Tech who the company believes holds the key to its commercialization plans, allowing it to increase production by 1,000—yes, 1,000—percent. Euglena started building its first commercial-scale algae biodiesel production facility last year. Denso has already been researching algae production for the past 10 years. Currently, […]

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Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

February 19, 2019 |

In Japan, Green Earth Institute plans to start producing high value chemicals— alanine and valine—from oil palm waste using its technology in a Malaysian trial by 2022 with hopes of partnering with companies such as Sime Darby. Empty fruit bunches will be used but also palm trunks. GEI, started in 2011 with funds from the […]

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Euglena first seaweed to operation to receive sustainability certification

Euglena first seaweed to operation to receive sustainability certification

February 6, 2019 |

In Japan, Euglena Co. became the first seaweed operation in the world to gain certification for its seaweed production in January. Euglena is a type of microscopic algae. It is grown in a high-tech laboratory in Okinawa, Japan, where scientists keep a constant watch on vats filled with the bright green biomaterial. The alga is […]

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Japan December ethanol imports fall to 58,758 cu m

Japan December ethanol imports fall to 58,758 cu m

January 31, 2019 |

In Japan, Platts reports that ethanol imports fell to 58,758 cu m in December 2018, more than 16% lower on the year and nearly 8.5% lower than in November 2018. The entire volume imported was undenatured with 45,319 cu originating in Brazil, followed by the US with 12,255 cu m and the rest from Pakistan. […]

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Green Science Alliance produces wood alcohol at industrial scale

Green Science Alliance produces wood alcohol at industrial scale

January 8, 2019 |

In Japan, researchers at the at the Green Science Alliance found a solution for breaking down cellulose into glucose in an efficient way.  Using this technology, they will produce bioethanol at an industrial level.  They will also attempt to create a wood-alcohol-based drink.  This will be the first instance of wood alcohol production at an […]

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Japan Airlines to use aviation biofuel on select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo

Japan Airlines to use aviation biofuel on select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo

January 7, 2019 |

In Japan, Japan Airlines (JAL) will take another step forward in its commitment to invest and realize the operation of an aircraft utilizing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). By the end of January, JAL plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda) with SAF supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. In the past […]

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Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

December 4, 2018 |

In Japan, results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fuels and contribute to the development of sustainable systems and societies. A “switch” controlling the […]

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Japanese researchers develop biocontainment strategy for GMOs

Japanese researchers develop biocontainment strategy for GMOs

November 28, 2018 |

In Japan, Hiroshima University (HU) researchers successfully developed a biocontainment strategy for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Their new method prevents genetically modified cyanobacteria from surviving outside of their test environment, enabling ways to more safely research the effects of GMOs. Their results were published in ACS Synthetic Biology. The applications of bioengineered microbes have […]

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