Tag: Japan

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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USGC’s trade mission pays off with first shipment of ETBE made with U.S. ethanol arrives in Japan

USGC’s trade mission pays off with first shipment of ETBE made with U.S. ethanol arrives in Japan

July 20, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Grains Council reports that the first shipment of ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE) made with U.S. corn-based ethanol arrived in Japan last week, marking the country’s new demand for U.S. ethanol-based products and a milestone in U.S. ethanol market development efforts. The sale of ETBE, a gasoline component, was made following a […]

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Japanese researchers develop new way to harvest energy from algae

Japanese researchers develop new way to harvest energy from algae

July 8, 2019 |

In Japan, a team at the University of Tsukuba introduced a new procedure of harvesting energy and organic molecules from algae using nanoporous graphene and porous graphene foams. By developing a reusable system that can evaporate water at high rate without the need for centrifugation or squeezing. This research has a great potential for the […]

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Euglena teams with Itochu to demo production with thermal power plant waste heat and CO2

Euglena teams with Itochu to demo production with thermal power plant waste heat and CO2

June 24, 2019 |

In Japan, NNA reports that Euglena has teamed with Itochu on a demonstration project in Indonesia that will produce euglena microalgae from carbon dioxide and waste heat from a nearby thermal power plant beginning next month, but the location of the plant nor the project were released. Euglena still plans to begin commercial microalgae production […]

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Japanese researchers discover novel enzyme in soil fungus

Japanese researchers discover novel enzyme in soil fungus

June 13, 2019 |

In Japan, group of researchers led by the Tokyo University of Science has discovered a novel enzyme from a soil fungus. In their study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, they speculate that this enzyme plays important roles in the soil ecosystem, and then describe its structure and action. Once the usefulness of the […]

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Japan’s Green Science Alliance produces biodegradable plastic from waste paper

Japan’s Green Science Alliance produces biodegradable plastic from waste paper

May 22, 2019 |

In Japan, Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. has developed 100% bio-based biodegradable plastic with recycled paper, paper waste, newspaper scrap, etc. The company has also developed starch based biodegradable plastic with 100% bio-based materials but this time, Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd has succeeded in using recycled material. On top of that, Green Science Alliance already […]

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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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