Asia Pacific 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 research, ...

Hurdles mar Japan's renewable energy equation

Business Jul 22, 2016

Hurdles mar Japan's renewable energy equation

by Jarni Blakkarly

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 Chiba ...

Editorials 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

Science & Health Jul 8, 2015

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

by Yuko Takeo

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 as ...

Mie grad students make biofuel from unwanted fruit

National 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 fermented ...

Business 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 use ...