Tag: Japan

Spiber raises $311 million to help fund Iowa plant

Spiber raises $311 million to help fund Iowa plant

September 13, 2021 |

In Japan, protein fermentation firm Spiber has raised JPY 24.4 billion ($220 million) to help fund a previously announced production plant in Iowa. The financing was led by Carlyle, which holds a $91 million stake in the renewable fibers manufacturer, and also included Fidelity, Baillie Gifford and Cool Japan Fund Inc. Spiber simultaneously approved an […]

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Wagyu doing? Japanese lab bioprints Holy Grail beef cut

Wagyu doing? Japanese lab bioprints Holy Grail beef cut

September 6, 2021 |

In Japan, scientists have successfully grown wagyu—a premium variety of beef known for its marbling and tenderness—in a lab.  Using cells taken from a cow’s cheek and artificial collagen tendon tissue, professor Michiya Matsusaki and colleagues at Osaka University were able to 3D bioprint a 5×5 mm cube of meat resembling wagyu.  “We wanted to […]

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Japan’s airlines betting on SAF to achieve national net zero 2050 targets

Japan’s airlines betting on SAF to achieve national net zero 2050 targets

August 17, 2021 |

In Japan, Japan Times reports the government has announced a net zero policy for 2050 with airlines required to participate. As a result, national airlines are getting behind SAF in a big way in order to cut their emissions. Japan Airlines aims to cut its emission by 45% using first 10% SAF by 2030 with […]

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Japanese company makes fuel by combining UCO biodiesel with waste ramen

Japanese company makes fuel by combining UCO biodiesel with waste ramen

August 16, 2021 |

In Japan, Kyodo News reports that Nishida Shoun, a local transportation firm, has extracted lard from waste ramen broth and mixed it with used cooking oil-based biodiesel to produce a fuel for running its fleet of trucks. The “tonkotsu” ramen broth is made from cooking down pork bones. The company expects to use the biodiesel […]

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ClassNK releases marine biofuels guidance

ClassNK releases marine biofuels guidance

August 12, 2021 |

In Japan, to support on measures for GHG emissions reduction, ClassNK has released “Handling of the use of biofuels on ships” on its website, which outlines the procedures and cautions to be taken when using biofuels for ships. The nine-point FAQ-style document runs through the basics of what different marine biofuels are available currently in […]

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Japanese researchers develop new solvent for cellulosic ethanol production

Japanese researchers develop new solvent for cellulosic ethanol production

August 11, 2021 |

In Japan, scientists from the Institute of Science and Engineering at Kanazawa University have developed new solvent mixtures to break down the tough structure of plant cellulose for the production of bioethanol. These new solvents work under mild conditions, have reduced toxicity and are more environmentally friendly compared with currently available solvents. This work may […]

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DIC taps Debut Biotechnology for natural pigments

DIC taps Debut Biotechnology for natural pigments

August 2, 2021 |

In Japan, DIC Corporation has signed a joint research pact with California’s Debut Biotechnology targeting natural pigments for food colorants and cosmetics.  Debut’s continuous, cell-free biomanufacturing technology overcomes the limitations of natural pigments extraction, which includes low yields, excessive waste generation, exposure to fluctuating weather patterns, and high land and water use.  “DIC hopes to […]

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Japanese coalition to develop UCO-based SAF supply chain model

Japanese coalition to develop UCO-based SAF supply chain model

August 2, 2021 |

In Japan, JGC Holdings Corporation, REVO International Inc., Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd. and JGC Japan Corporation, a domestic EPC company of the JGC Group have announced that their joint proposal for “Establishment of a Supply Chain Model for Bio-jet Fuel Production from Domestic Used Cooking Oil” has been selected as a public call project of […]

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Boots on the ground: Japanese brand makes shoe out of coffee waste

Boots on the ground: Japanese brand makes shoe out of coffee waste

July 19, 2021 |

In Japan, footwear brand CCILU has unveiled a new boot made out of used coffee grounds. Dubbed XpreSole Panto, the boot’s outsole is made of a vegan leather that is 30% coffee ground waste and 70% EVA and the insole is made from yarn also made from used coffee grounds. Weighing a third of the […]

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Green Science Alliance creates Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with ethanol

Green Science Alliance creates Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with ethanol

July 6, 2021 |

In Japan, Green Science Alliance has been developing various types of electrode and solid electrolyte for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC). This time, researchers at Green Science Alliance have created SOFC which can produce electricity not with hydrogen, but with bio-ethanol. Fuel cells are one of the ideal renewable energy because they can utilize hydrogen […]

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