Tag: Japan

Japanese researchers discover how certain bacteria break down cellulose

Japanese researchers discover how certain bacteria break down cellulose

October 12, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers have uncovered details of how a certain type of bacteria breaks down cellulose—a finding that could help reduce the cost and environmental impact of the use of biomass, including biofuel production. The bacteria’s cellulose degradation system is in some way different from how a fungus is already widely used in industry, including […]

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ADM and Spiber sign production pact

ADM and Spiber sign production pact

October 5, 2020 |

In Japan, protein fermentation firm Spiber has entered into a production partnership with US agribusiness giant ADM. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will expand production of Spiber’s Brewed Protein polymers for use in apparel and other consumer products. The collaboration will combine Spiber’s structural protein fermentation technology with ADM’s expertise in […]

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Faux pas-free foie gras firm nabs government grant

Faux pas-free foie gras firm nabs government grant

September 14, 2020 |

In Japan, cell culture products company IntegriCulture has been awarded a ¥240 million ($2.2 million) government grant to build a commercial bioreactor facility. Founded by Yuki Hanyu in 2015, IntegriCulture’s first product was a cell-culture foie gras. The company says its next product will be a cultured serum for cosmetics—set to launch in spring—followed by […]

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Japanese companies full steam ahead of algae and other biofuels despite low fuel demand

Japanese companies full steam ahead of algae and other biofuels despite low fuel demand

September 14, 2020 |

In Japan, the Nikkei newspaper reports that Japanese companies are bucking the trend and investing in algae-based and palm oil waste-based biofuels even though COVID-19 has negatively impacted fuel demand and there is limited market currently for aviation biofuels. Southeast Asia, rather than Japan, are keys areas for production expansion due to significantly more sunlight […]

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Tokyo gets its first joint ENEOS/JERA hydrogen station

Tokyo gets its first joint ENEOS/JERA hydrogen station

August 25, 2020 |

In Japan, ENEOS Corporation and JERA Co., Inc. opened the Tokyo Oi Hydrogen Station, a joint project to promote the use of hydrogen located on the site of the JERA-operated Oi Thermal Power Station in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo. In preparation for the opening of the Station, JERA provided the Oi Thermal Power Station site and constructed […]

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Japanese researchers promote plant growth in Camelina

Japanese researchers promote plant growth in Camelina

August 12, 2020 |

In Japan, researchers at the Japan Science and Technology Agency succeeded in promoting plant growth and increasing seed yield by heterologous expression of protein from Arabidopsis (artificially modified high-speed motor protein) in Camelina sativa, which is expected as a useful plant for biodiesel. In this study, the research group showed that the increase of seed […]

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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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