Tag: Japan

Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

December 1, 2016 |

In Japan, the country’s first privately owned rocket to potentially reach an altitude of 100km is to be powered by ethanol. Interstellar Technologies, founded by maverick Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, could launch the rocket in January and will collect atmospheric data during its four-minute flight before falling into the Pacific Ocean. Although ethanol provides less […]

Read More

Japanese researchers find cold-water fish gelatin makes ideal surgical sealants

Japanese researchers find cold-water fish gelatin makes ideal surgical sealants

November 14, 2016 |

In Japan, researchers at the University of Tsukuba have developed a technology to produce improved surgical sealants using gelatin of cold-water fish in particular (e.g. cod, hake, Alaska pollock and salmon) because the biomaterial basically makes the sealants waterproof. Tests performed on mice and pig tissue performed well, with the material biodegrading in eight weeks […]

Read More

Toyota develops new DNA analysis technology to boost plant improvement

Toyota develops new DNA analysis technology to boost plant improvement

September 29, 2016 |

In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology called Genotyping by Random Amplicon Sequencing (GRAS) using analytical materials that have been provided by the Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center (KARC) of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO). This technology is capable of dramatically improving […]

Read More

NEC develops bioplastic from cellulose resin

NEC develops bioplastic from cellulose resin

August 17, 2016 |

In Japan, NEC Corporation, in collaboration with the Kyoto Institute of Technology and a representative Japanese lacquerware artist, Dr. Yutaro Shimode, announced the development of a bioplastic using resin (cellulose resin) from grasses, trees and other non-edible plant resources that features the highly regarded “Urushi black” color of Japanese traditional lacquerware. In order to create […]

Read More

Mitsubishi teams with Mitsui on zeolite membranes for ethanol production

Mitsubishi teams with Mitsui on zeolite membranes for ethanol production

July 14, 2016 |

In Japan, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Mitsui Zosen Machinery & Service have agreed to form a business tie-up to produce and sell zeolite membranes. With the goal of entering new markets and expanding sales, MCC will purchase MZM’s entire output of zeolite membranes and hold the sole sales rights in the U.S. and other global […]

Read More

Nissan announces e-Bio Fuel-Cell using ethanol

Nissan announces e-Bio Fuel-Cell using ethanol

June 14, 2016 |

In Japan, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it is currently researching and developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power. The new system— a world first for automotive use—features an e-Bio Fuel-Cell with an SOFC power generator. SOFC is a fuel cell utilizing the reaction of multiple fuels, including […]

Read More

Japanese researchers produce electricity from stingray

Japanese researchers produce electricity from stingray

June 8, 2016 |

In Japan, scientists from the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center in Japan removed the electric organ from a torpedo stingray and chemically stimulated the organ by injecting a solution of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine though a syringe. They were able to achieve more than a minute of continuous current, with a peak voltage of 91 mV and […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More