In Sweden, Richard Lewontin of Harvard and Tomoka Ohta of Japan’s National Institute of Genetics have received the 2015 Crafoord Prize in Biosciences from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for their ‘pioneering analyses and fundamental contributions to the understanding of genetic polymorphism.’ Real life applications of their technology include applications in systematic biology, enhancing […]
In Japan, the Kyocera Corporation’s Kagoshima Kokubu manufacturing plant has received the 2014 Energy Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity. This is a record fifth consecutive year that Kyocera has been a recipient of the award. In addition to measures such as improving the energy consumption basic unit*, alleviating electricity demand and reducing CO2 emissions […]
In Japan, researchers at Mie University have run a test vehicle on biobutanol produced from waste oranges and waste from producing orange juice. The fuel could be ideal for running agricultural equipment. The process used can produce 20 milliliters of biobutanol from about 3kg of oranges.
In Japan, Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels has been launched with the aim to produce and supply aviation biofuels in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Partners in the initiative include the University of Tokyo, Boeing Co., Japan Airlines Co., Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., All Nippon Airways Co., Narita International Airport Corp. and […]
In Japan, Izuzu Motors has teamed with Euglena Co. to develop a new kind of drop-in fuels from algae, with the technology expected to be on the market by 2018. Euglena has already been developing jet fuel from algae with ANA Airlines.
In Japan, IHI NeoG Algae says it has cut the price of algae production by half to $4.8 per liter in part thanks to improvements in breeding. Through breed improvement and automation, the company is working to bring the production cost down to 96 cents per liter. The algae species was developed by Gene & […]
In Japan, a research team from Ibaraki University is looking at the country’s abandoned farm fields as potential sites to grow sweet sorghum for domestic ethanol production. Currently the country imports ethanol to achieve its blending mandates and reduce its fossil fuel imports.
In Japan, Toyota plans to race a biodiesel-powered Land Cruiser SUV in the next Dakar race, set for Jan. 4-18, that runs through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. The vehicle is expected to produce 60% fewer GHG emissions than the standard Land Cruiser. The Paris to Dakar race has been held in South America since 2009.
In the Philippines, biofuel still remains limited by the lack of cultivation of sweet sorghum, according to a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Additionally, the study names as a problem the limited local market for biofuels crops, which could be addressed with a financial package from the government. The report also identifies the […]
In Malaysia, Japan’s Asian Energy Investments has teamed with Malaysia to set up a $100 million venture capital fund that will invest in clean energy projects in South East Asia. Part of the fund’s goal will be to finance alternative feedstocks to palm oil that has been too expensive, leaving many of the country’s biodiesel […]