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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.