Tag: Japan

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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Japanese researchers produce alkyl lactate and alkyl levulinate from algae starch

Japanese researchers produce alkyl lactate and alkyl levulinate from algae starch

April 18, 2017 |

In Japan, researchers from Tokyo Tech University have found that starch derived from algae after oil extraction can be converted into alkyl lactate and alkyl levulinate used to produce pharmaceuticals, additives, and polyesters. Addition of Sn(OTf)2 boosted alkyl levulinate yields while SnBr4 was used to produce alkyl lactate. The researchers also found methyl levulinate and […]

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Entrade commissions small-scale CHP plant in Japan

Entrade commissions small-scale CHP plant in Japan

March 29, 2017 |

In Japan, six years after the natural disaster and the reactor catastrophe in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, Gov. Masao Uchibori inaugurated a small-scale biomass power plant at health resort Nishigo, the first of a series of plants that Entrade said it plans to build in coming weeks. Entrade’s E3 design a micro combined-heat-and-power system that provides […]

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Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding how microalgae makes oil

Japanese researchers make breakthrough in understanding how microalgae makes oil

February 28, 2017 |

In Japan, scientists from Tokyo Institute of Technology lead by Professor Hiroyuki Ohta have made breakthroughs in understanding the mechanisms underlying microalgae’s oleaginous trait by investigating lipid metabolism in Nannochloropsis oceanica. TAGs are synthesized in the extraplastidic Kennedy pathway through sequential addition of three fatty acyl moieties to the glycerol backbone. Among the participating enzymes, […]

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Japanese researchers disover model for how plants create glucose from CO2

Japanese researchers disover model for how plants create glucose from CO2

January 31, 2017 |

In Japan, a research group led by Associate Professor ASHIDA Hiroki (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), Academic Researcher KONO Takunari (Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University), and Professor MATSUMURA Hiroyoshi (Ritsumeikan University) has discovered an evolutionary model for the biological function that creates CO2 from glucose in photosynthesis. […]

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Japanese researchers develop biojet from recycled clothing

Japanese researchers develop biojet from recycled clothing

December 22, 2016 |

In Japan, Nippon Environment Design Co., Ltd. And Green Earth Institute Co., Ltd. have teamed in the manufacturing and development of the next generation biojet fuel. Known as the “BRING project”, cotton clothing will be collected from all over Japan and recycled using the RITE Bioprocess®, an innovative biotechnology that GEI will put into practical […]

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Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

December 1, 2016 |

In Japan, the country’s first privately owned rocket to potentially reach an altitude of 100km is to be powered by ethanol. Interstellar Technologies, founded by maverick Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, could launch the rocket in January and will collect atmospheric data during its four-minute flight before falling into the Pacific Ocean. Although ethanol provides less […]

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