Aug 20, 2016

U.S. Navy's 'Green Fleet' may tap Australian biofuel

The U.S. may accept Australia’s offer to supply biofuel for its Asia-Pacific fleet, advancing the U.S. Navy’s goal of getting half its power from renewables by 2020. The premier of Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, signed a cooperation agreement to explore the ...

Hurdles mar Japan's renewable energy equation

Jul 22, 2016

Hurdles mar Japan's renewable energy equation

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At Yamakura Dam, 45 km southeast of Tokyo, construction workers are screwing together a 51,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of floating solar panels. When completed, it will be one of the world’s largest floating solar projects. Roughly 30 percent of the work on the project in ...

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 ...