Euglena-based biofuel plant to be built In Yokohama

Dec 2, 2015

Euglena-based biofuel plant to be built In Yokohama

Euglena Co. said Tuesday that it will construct the world’s first plant to produce biojet and biodiesel fuel from euglena, a kind of alga, in Yokohama, in mid-2018. By 2020, the company will start supplying the biojet fuel for cargo aircraft of All Nippon ...

Oct 31, 2015

Review of feed-in tariff system

Besides boosting the use of renewable energy, the government's review of the feed-in tariff system should also correct the overreliance on solar power among the various forms of alternative sources.

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

Jul 8, 2015

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

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The future of Japan’s biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that’s swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That’s what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co. are counting on anyway. After 10 years developing the algae ...

Mie grad students make biofuel from unwanted fruit

Mar 23, 2015

Mie grad students make biofuel from unwanted fruit

Graduate students at Mie University have produced biofuel from the region’s tangerines, saying the technique provides a use for unwanted fruit. They believe it could be promoted as a locally sourced form of renewable energy. The researchers at the university’s Graduate School of Bioresources ...

Boeing completes 787 test flight with 'green diesel'

Dec 4, 2014

Boeing completes 787 test flight with 'green diesel'

Boeing announced Wednesday that it completed the first test flight with “green diesel,” which offers potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in aviation. A Boeing 787 dubbed the ecoDemonstrator successfully flew with 85 percent conventional fuel and 15 percent green diesel, the company said. ...

Scientists produce propane fuel from gut bacteria

Sep 4, 2014

Scientists produce propane fuel from gut bacteria

Driven by the quest for an abundant, nonpolluting alternative to fossil fuel, scientists have developed a method to produce propane using sugar and the gut bacteria E. coli. Though still far from being commercially viable, the inventors of the process hope it will one ...

Jul 10, 2014

Japan's airlines hope to power planes using biofuels by 2020

An association of Japanese airlines and other entities announced an initiative on Wednesday aimed at enabling the use of biofuels to power passenger jets by 2020, in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions. Launched in May by 33 companies and organizations to develop and ...

Apr 19, 2014

Turkey eyes burning pistachio nut shells to heat new eco-city

Turkey may have found a new way to exploit pistachios, the nuts that are a key ingredient in Turkish baklava — by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are examining plans to build the country’s first ecological city with buildings both ...