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 […]
In Botswana, the Japan International Cooperation Agency has donated $233,200 in equipment for a five-year research study looking to produced jatropha-based biodiesel in the country. The donation include a portable Photosynthesis and Fluorescence System, a Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis machine (DGGE), and Weather Station. The country is experimenting with jatropha despite the fact that its […]
In Indonesia, PT Perkebunan Nusantara is developing a bioethanol facility at one of its sugar mills as it expands into biofuel production and electricity to balance out increases in sugar manufacturing costs. The state-owned sugar plantation intends to construct both an ethanol and biogas facility, both of which will be operational by October and will […]
In Japan, imports of U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) reached an all-time high in 2012. According to the U.S. Grains Council, Japan imported more than 384,000 metric tons of DDGS from January to October and is expected to reach 450,000 metric tons. The rise in demand is due to the lower fat DDGS […]
There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil & gas production, rising energy demand and supportive government policy come together — and that is Asia. We’re never quite sure which factor is the most important in Asia’s rising focus on biofuels: Interventionist governments, concentration of capital, strong traditional focus on […]
In Thailand, the National Innovation Agency has teamed with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan to launch a pilot project that will use cassava pulp as a feedstock for ethanol, thanks to a $9 million R&D grant, and will focus on hydrolysis of starch and cellulose for industrial production of ethanol.