Tag: Japan

Lumber liquor – wood fermentation without heat turns biomass into tasty alcohol

Lumber liquor – wood fermentation without heat turns biomass into tasty alcohol

May 6, 2018 |

In Japan, researchers at Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute found a way to produce an alcoholic drink made from wood and hope to have their “wood alcohol” on shelves within three years. Using similar wood fermentation as what is used to produce biofuel, they were able to remove toxins and make it flavorful. […]

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US ethanol not likely to enter Japan until 2019/20

US ethanol not likely to enter Japan until 2019/20

April 19, 2018 |

In Japan, Platts reports that the new policy shift allowing US ethanol into the market for blending into MTBE won’t have an immediate impact because new-season ethanol from Brazil had already been booked before the policy was approved. As a result, US ethanol won’t likely be imported into Japan until 2019/20 but when the market […]

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7-11 in Japan look to UCO biodiesel to reduce CO2 emissions

7-11 in Japan look to UCO biodiesel to reduce CO2 emissions

March 28, 2018 |

In Japan, the Nikkei reports 7-11 is looking to cut its CO2 emissions in Ehime Prefecture by 5% thanks to transitioning its refrigerator truck fleet to biodiesel produced from used cooking oil, and may extend the practice to its freezer and non-refrigerated trucks as well, or even to other prefectures. The prefecture has more than […]

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Japanese companies develop biomass pellets for co-firing with coal

Japanese companies develop biomass pellets for co-firing with coal

February 7, 2018 |

In Japan, the Nikkei reports that both Idemitsu Kosan and Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering have developed technologies to turn waste into pellets that can be co-fired with coal at up to 30%. Idemitsu Kosan’s technology uses wood waste and expects to begin production Thailand from where it will export 20,000 metric tons during the first […]

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Euglena using algae-based bio-SPK in power generation trial

Euglena using algae-based bio-SPK in power generation trial

February 1, 2018 |

In Japan, two weeks ago Euglena began testing its algae-based bio-SPK in a power generation facility as part of a trial run schedule to last through June. The company’s pilot facility is expected to come online by October when it will produce about 5 barrels of fuel per day. It believes it can get productions […]

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Japan opens public comment period regarding US and Brazilian GHG levels

Japan opens public comment period regarding US and Brazilian GHG levels

January 10, 2018 |

In Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has opened a public comment period through January 18 regarding proposed policy changes that would allow the import of US-produced corn-based ethanol for ETBE by setting the greenhouse gas emissions for that ethanol at 43.15. US ethanol must be blended with Brazilian ethanol. The proposed changes […]

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Japan gives OK for US ethanol imports

Japan gives OK for US ethanol imports

November 28, 2017 |

In Japan, the government has given the thumbs up to allow ethanol imports from the US for use in its ethanol-blending mandate after analyzing potential alternative sourcing origins. Corn-based ethanol from the US is currently 35% cheaper than Brazilian sugarcane-based ethanol that has supplied to mandate until now. The 132 million gallon mandate was extended […]

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Japan’s renewable energy push backfires as palm oil takes over

Japan’s renewable energy push backfires as palm oil takes over

November 13, 2017 |

In Japan, policy established in 2011 to help improve the environmental performance of energy in the aftermath of Fukushima has ended up promoting the use of palm oil rather than forestry residue and palm kernel shells as originally expected. The most recent government data shows palm oil currently accounts for 40% of feedstocks for bioenergy […]

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Japanese researchers using pulsed electric fields to extract hydrocarbons from algae

Japanese researchers using pulsed electric fields to extract hydrocarbons from algae

May 1, 2017 |

In Japan, efforts have been made by researchers to reduce the cost of biodiesel production by using pulsed electric fields (PEF) to extract hydrocarbons from microalgae. A milli- or microsecond PEF is typically used to weaken cell walls and increase permeability allowing for extraction of elements inside the cell. Kumamoto University researchers, on the other […]

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Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding photosynthesis

Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding photosynthesis

April 19, 2017 |

In Japan, photosynthesis requires a mechanism to produce large amounts of chemical energy without losing the oxidative power needed to break down water. A Japanese research team led by the Kobe University has clarified part of this mechanism, marking another step towards the potential development of artificial photosynthesis. The findings were published on February 27 […]

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