Tag: Japan

NEC develops bioplastic from cellulose resin

NEC develops bioplastic from cellulose resin

August 17, 2016 |

In Japan, NEC Corporation, in collaboration with the Kyoto Institute of Technology and a representative Japanese lacquerware artist, Dr. Yutaro Shimode, announced the development of a bioplastic using resin (cellulose resin) from grasses, trees and other non-edible plant resources that features the highly regarded “Urushi black” color of Japanese traditional lacquerware. In order to create […]

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Mitsubishi teams with Mitsui on zeolite membranes for ethanol production

Mitsubishi teams with Mitsui on zeolite membranes for ethanol production

July 14, 2016 |

In Japan, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service have agreed to form a business tie-up to produce and sell zeolite membranes. With the goal of entering new markets and expanding sales, MCC will purchase MZM’s entire output of zeolite membranes and hold the sole sales rights in the U.S. and other global […]

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Nissan announces e-Bio Fuel-Cell using ethanol

Nissan announces e-Bio Fuel-Cell using ethanol

June 14, 2016 |

In Japan, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it is currently researching and developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The new system— a world first for automotive use—features an e-Bio Fuel-Cell with an SOFC power generator. SOFC is a fuel cell utilizing the reaction of multiple fuels, including […]

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Japanese researchers produce electricity from stingray

Japanese researchers produce electricity from stingray

June 8, 2016 |

In Japan, scientists from the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center in Japan removed the electric organ from a torpedo stingray and chemically stimulated the organ by injecting a solution of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine though a syringe. They were able to achieve more than a minute of continuous current, with a peak voltage of 91 mV and […]

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Japanese researchers make major breakthrough on chitin as ethanol feedstock

Japanese researchers make major breakthrough on chitin as ethanol feedstock

April 7, 2016 |

In Japan, researchers at Kobe University have found a potential biofuel feedstock in a very unlikely place—crab shells—and they believe it can be done for the same price as producing ethanol from corn. Chitin, found in exoskeletons and considered to be the second most widely available natural polymer in the world after plant cellulose, can […]

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Japanese researchers use microbubbles to pre-treat biomass

Japanese researchers use microbubbles to pre-treat biomass

March 15, 2016 |

In Japan, a team of researchers from Tohoku University has developed a new method for the pretreatment of organic material, or “biomass”, which could lead to more efficient production of biofuels and biochemicals. The new method involves crushing the leaves and stalks of maize plants and placing the resulting powder in a solution of sodium […]

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Japan Airlines teams with space agency on aviation biofuel for 2020

Japan Airlines teams with space agency on aviation biofuel for 2020

January 18, 2016 |

In Japan, Japan Airlines has teamed with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to develop waste-based aviation jet fuel that will use hydrogen and carbon monoxide to produce the fuel. The new plant to be sited outside Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture should be online in time for the airline to use the fuel in 2020 when […]

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euglena to set up biojet demo plant by 2018 using Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process

euglena to set up biojet demo plant by 2018 using Biofuels ISOCONVERSION Process

December 1, 2015 |

In Japan, euglena announced that it has teamed with the City of Yokohama, Chiyoda Corporation, Itochu Enex, Isuzu Motors and All Nippon Airways to produce and supply biojet/biodiesel fuels in Japan for practical use (i.e. commercial flight/public road driving) toward 2020. In order to implement the plan, the company will build Japan’s first demonstration plant […]

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Japanese researchers identify first reusable, cost-effective catalyst for lignocellulose depolymerisation

Japanese researchers identify first reusable, cost-effective catalyst for lignocellulose depolymerisation

November 10, 2015 |

In Japan, researchers have identified the first reusable and cost-effective heterogeneous catalyst for the depolymerisation of lignocellulose. Air oxidation of woody biomass (Eucalyptus) provides a carbonaceous material bearing an aromatic skeleton with carboxylic groups (2.1 mmol g−1) and aliphatic moieties. This catalyst hydrolyses woody biomass (Eucalyptus) to sugars in high yields within 1 h in […]

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Japanese development agency to set up UCO biodiesel facility in the Philippines

Japanese development agency to set up UCO biodiesel facility in the Philippines

October 19, 2015 |

In the Philippines, the Japan International Cooperation Agency will set up a used cooking oil to biodiesel program in Davao City, the only project of its type to be approved in the country by the donor agency. The project’s validation study is currently underway with research into UCO availability from households and industrial suppliers. The […]

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