Tag: Japan

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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Asian Development Bank teams with Japanese banks to invest $1 billion in green energy

Asian Development Bank teams with Japanese banks to invest $1 billion in green energy

September 15, 2015 |

In Japan, the Asian Development Bank is teaming with other national banks on a $750 million green energy fund that will go towards projects among a wide variety of renewables including biofuels, primarily in India and China. The fund is expected to eventually grow to $1 billion by May 2016 thanks to participation from regional […]

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Japanese researchers enhance triacylglycerols production in algae

Japanese researchers enhance triacylglycerols production in algae

September 8, 2015 |

In Japan, Hiroyuki Ohta at Tokyo Institute of Technology, together with scientists based at institutions across Tokyo, Japan, have uncovered a way of enhancing the production of fat-based molecules called triacylglycerols in the Nannochloropsis algal strain NIES-2145, thereby increasing oil synthesis from the microalgae. Triacylglycerols, or TAGs, are a class of lipids which form the […]

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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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