Tag: Japan

Green Science Alliance produces wood alcohol at industrial scale

Green Science Alliance produces wood alcohol at industrial scale

January 8, 2019 |

In Japan, researchers at the at the Green Science Alliance found a solution for breaking down cellulose into glucose in an efficient way.  Using this technology, they will produce bioethanol at an industrial level.  They will also attempt to create a wood-alcohol-based drink.  This will be the first instance of wood alcohol production at an […]

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Japan Airlines to use aviation biofuel on select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo

Japan Airlines to use aviation biofuel on select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo

January 7, 2019 |

In Japan, Japan Airlines (JAL) will take another step forward in its commitment to invest and realize the operation of an aircraft utilizing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). By the end of January, JAL plans to operate select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo (Haneda) with SAF supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. In the past […]

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Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

December 4, 2018 |

In Japan, results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fuels and contribute to the development of sustainable systems and societies. A “switch” controlling the […]

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Japanese researchers develop biocontainment strategy for GMOs

Japanese researchers develop biocontainment strategy for GMOs

November 28, 2018 |

In Japan, Hiroshima University (HU) researchers successfully developed a biocontainment strategy for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Their new method prevents genetically modified cyanobacteria from surviving outside of their test environment, enabling ways to more safely research the effects of GMOs. Their results were published in ACS Synthetic Biology. The applications of bioengineered microbes have […]

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Japanese ethanol imports rise 17% on year

Japanese ethanol imports rise 17% on year

October 8, 2018 |

In Japan, Platts reports that August ethanol imports rose to 61,681 cubic meters, up 17% on the year and nearly 10% higher on the month. Brazil supplied nearly 61% of the 54,686 cu m of undenatured ethanol imports but the US managed to sneak in just over 15% of the total. Brazil remains the supplier […]

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U.S. talks with Japan, 2nd largest buyer of U.S. corn

U.S. talks with Japan, 2nd largest buyer of U.S. corn

September 30, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., leaders of the United States and Japan, one of the largest U.S. grain customers and second largest buyer of U.S. corn after Mexico, announced that the two countries would pursue trade talks. The impact on agriculture is to be determined in the talks. The country is also a strong purchaser of sorghum, […]

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New food security research from IIASA says global carbon tax a no-no

New food security research from IIASA says global carbon tax a no-no

July 31, 2018 |

In Japan, new IIASA-led research has found that a single climate mitigation scheme applied to all sectors, such as a global carbon tax, could have a serious impact on agriculture and result in far more widespread hunger and food insecurity than the direct impacts of climate change. Smarter, more inclusive policies are needed instead. The […]

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Japanese May ethanol imports rise 12% over April but down slightly on year

Japanese May ethanol imports rise 12% over April but down slightly on year

July 3, 2018 |

In Japan, Platts reports that May ethanol imports fell nearly 2% on the year but were up 12% over April at 70,313 cu m. More than 42% of 58,384 cu m of undenatured ethanol imports came from Pakistan, while Brazilian imports accounted for more than 38%. The two origins bounce back and forth as to […]

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Japan teams with Russia to invest in biomass-based biofuels

Japan teams with Russia to invest in biomass-based biofuels

May 28, 2018 |

In Russia, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and JBICIG Partners (JBICIG, a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)) as part of the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF, launched by RDIF and JBIC), together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel […]

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Lumber liquor – wood fermentation without heat turns biomass into tasty alcohol

Lumber liquor – wood fermentation without heat turns biomass into tasty alcohol

May 6, 2018 |

In Japan, researchers at Japan’s Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute found a way to produce an alcoholic drink made from wood and hope to have their “wood alcohol” on shelves within three years. Using similar wood fermentation as what is used to produce biofuel, they were able to remove toxins and make it flavorful. […]

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