Tag: Japan

Japan’s NYK to use canola field to produce biodiesel in an area devastated by 2011 quake

Japan’s NYK to use canola field to produce biodiesel in an area devastated by 2011 quake

August 26, 2015 |

In Japan, NYK has concluded a contract with United Green for partial ownership of a canola flower field along the Sanriku shoreline, an area that suffered extensive damage from the tsunami that accompanied the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. United Green is a general incorporated association that has implemented a recovery project involving canola […]

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DENSO to build large microalgae testing center

DENSO to build large microalgae testing center

August 19, 2015 |

In Japan, DENSO Corporation announced that it will build a large 20,000 square meter test facility for the culture of Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea, an oil-producing microalga patented by DENSO that is used to help reduce CO2 emissions. The new facility located in Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan and will be used to perform verification tests needed to establish […]

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Boeing and 45 Japanese partners launch biojet roadmap to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Boeing and 45 Japanese partners launch biojet roadmap to 2020 Tokyo Olympics

July 9, 2015 |

In Japan, Boeing and Japanese aviation industry stakeholders have charted a course to develop sustainable aviation biofuel for flights during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, when millions of people are expected to visit Japan. The Initiatives for Next Generation Aviation Fuels (INAF) – a consortium of 46 organizations including Boeing, ANA (All […]

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Japan looking to commercial aviation biofuel use by Tokyo 2020

Japan looking to commercial aviation biofuel use by Tokyo 2020

July 8, 2015 |

In Japan, the government wants to see aviation biofuel used during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and as such as launched its first public private panel to look at opportunities and challenges. Beyond just seeing commercial flights running on biofuel by the start of the Games, the country also has ambitions to produce its own […]

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US ethanol industry toured Japan looking for export opportunities

US ethanol industry toured Japan looking for export opportunities

May 27, 2015 |

In Japan, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuel Association and the U.S. Grains Council visited the country last week looking for ethanol export opportunities. ETBE, E3 and E10 are the main ethanol blends used in the country. Even though offtake contracts with Brazilian producers currently have Japan’s ethanol market filled up, the relationships are seen as […]

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Japanese researchers to commercialize biobutanol technology from tangerines

Japanese researchers to commercialize biobutanol technology from tangerines

March 25, 2015 |

In Japan, graduate researchers at Mie University Graduate School of Bioresources plan to commercialize their method for producing biobutanol from spoiled tangerines in the next two to three years. The region is a major producer of mandarin oranges and as such about 150 tons of fruit go to waste annually, with about 2/3 being incinerated. […]

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Chevron Lummus Global teams with Euglena for Asia’s first aviation biofuel plant

Chevron Lummus Global teams with Euglena for Asia’s first aviation biofuel plant

February 23, 2015 |

In Japan, Chevron Lummus Global has teamed with Euglena on an aviation biofuel plant that will be the first in Asia. The facility, which will cost upwards of $250 million, is set to come online in 2018. Uglena, or freshwater unicellular organisms, will be the feedstock for the fuel. The contract should be finalized in […]

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Japanese researchers develop economically viable model for on-farm cellulosic ethanol

Japanese researchers develop economically viable model for on-farm cellulosic ethanol

February 2, 2015 |

In Japan, researchers from the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences have determined a way to make second generation ethanol production economically viable on-farm. The process, known as ‘solid-state fermentation’, involves packing harvested whole rice plants with yeast and enzymes into a round bale wrapped in impermeable film. During incubation, sugars and starch in the rice […]

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Crafoord Prize in Biosciences goes to genetic polymorphism research

Crafoord Prize in Biosciences goes to genetic polymorphism research

January 19, 2015 |

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 […]

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Japan’s Kyocera Kokubu plant receives Global Warming Prevention award

Japan’s Kyocera Kokubu plant receives Global Warming Prevention award

December 15, 2014 |

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 […]

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