Tag: Japan

Euglena’s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit start up successful

Euglena’s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit start up successful

July 21, 2020 |

In Japan, Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) and Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) announced the successful startup of Euglena Co., Ltd.’s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit in Yokohama, Japan. CLG is a joint venture between Chevron and Lummus Technology. The 5 barrel per day (BPD), first-of-its-kind demonstration unit, employs the Biofuels Isoconversion technology, jointly developed by CLG […]

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Japanese researchers develop novel technique for cellulose degradation

Japanese researchers develop novel technique for cellulose degradation

June 23, 2020 |

In Japan, in a new study published in Energy & Fuels, researchers led by the Tokyo University of Science developed a novel technique for cellulose degradation. This technique was based on a type of laser called the infrared-free electron laser (IR-FEL), whose wavelength is tunable in the range of 3 to 20 μm. This new […]

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Japanese and Dutch researchers use anaerobic method to disinfest soil

Japanese and Dutch researchers use anaerobic method to disinfest soil

June 15, 2020 |

In Japan, scientists in Japan and the Netherlands have independently developed anaerobic soil disinfestation, also known as biological soil disinfestation or reductive soil disinfestation, to kill off pathogenic bacteria, parasitic nematodes and even weeds in soils without using pesticides. By covering the soil with plastic to cut off access to oxygen, unwanted organisms suffocate and […]

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Japanese consortium to study SAF production using Fulcrum Bioenergy’s technology

Japanese consortium to study SAF production using Fulcrum Bioenergy’s technology

February 27, 2020 |

In Japan, Japan Airlines, Marubeni, JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy and JGC Japan have agreed to jointly conduct a feasibility study on Sustainable Aviation Fuel production and sales in Japan through the use of industrial and municipal waste, including plastic waste. In this joint study, the parties plan to evaluate the feasibility of the entire […]

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Sekisui Chemical and Sumitomo Chemical join up to produce polyolefin from waste feedstock

Sekisui Chemical and Sumitomo Chemical join up to produce polyolefin from waste feedstock

February 27, 2020 |

In Japan, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Chemical Company have agreed to form a strategic alliance to benefit society by deploying technology for manufacturing polyolefin using waste as a raw material. This alliance combines Sekisui Chemical’s production technology for transforming waste into ethanol with Sumitomo Chemical’s technological know-how in manufacturing polyolefin, thereby promoting circular […]

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Researchers demonstrate plant-derived cellulose nanocrystals can be sustainable adhesive alternative

Researchers demonstrate plant-derived cellulose nanocrystals can be sustainable adhesive alternative

February 25, 2020 |

In Japan, in a study published in Advanced Materials, researchers at Aalto University, the University of Tokyo, Sichuan University, and the University of British Columbia have demonstrated that plant-derived cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) can form an adhesive that fully integrates the concepts of sustainability, performance, and cost which are generally extremely challenging to achieve simultaneously. Unlike […]

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Japanese researchers find cheaper, better way to produce erythritol

Japanese researchers find cheaper, better way to produce erythritol

February 11, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers at Tohoku University have found that using inedible waste glycerol as feedstock for erythritol rather than more expensive sugar and starch-based feedstocks can lower the production costs and provide another product for potential biorefineries to produce to diversify their outputs and revenue streams. Using glycerol was shown to have similar or even […]

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Japanese researchers make breakthrough in engineering baker’s yeast

Japanese researchers make breakthrough in engineering baker’s yeast

January 21, 2020 |

In Japan, research team at Kobe University has developed a method of artificially controlling the anchorage position of target proteins in engineered baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). The research demonstrated that this technique could be utilized to improve the amount of ethanol produced from hydrothermally-processed rice straw by 30%. It is expected that these results will […]

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Japanese researchers find efficient way to use surplus glycerol

Japanese researchers find efficient way to use surplus glycerol

January 13, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers from Tokyo Tech and Taiwan Tech recently found an efficient way to put surplus glycerol to good use. While the electrochemical conversion of glycerol to other more valuable organic compounds, such as dihydroxyacetone (DHA), has been studied for years, existing approaches require the use of precious metals, namely platinum, gold, and silver. […]

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ITOCHU teams with euglena on pilot plant in Colombia

ITOCHU teams with euglena on pilot plant in Colombia

December 16, 2019 |

In Japan, ITOCHU announced it has decided to conduct an overseas demonstration project in collaboration with euglena Co., Ltd. to culture euglena for animal feed and biofuel in Colombia, and has concluded a cooperative agreement with the partner company. This project is in addition to the project in Indonesia as announced on June 19, 2019. […]

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