Tag: Japan

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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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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