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

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 Chiba ...

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 as ...

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 fermented ...

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 ...

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Nov 17, 2013

U.S. green energy plan killing prairies

Robert Malsam nearly went broke in the 1980s when corn was cheap. So now that prices are high and he can finally make a profit, he is not about to apologize for ripping up prairie land to plant corn. Across the Dakotas and Nebraska, more ...

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

Nov 16, 2013

EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed lowering requirements for biofuel use in 2014, trimming targets for corn-based ethanol use for the first time. The proposal would set ethanol use at 15.21 billion gallons (57.58 billion liters), just under 10 percent of motor fuel ...