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NEDO supports ammonia-cofired ship engine development

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101651.html NEDO has started the world’s first ammonia fuel mixing test using an actual marine 4-stroke engine with an 80% ammonia fuel mixing ratio, which is planned to be installed on an actual vessel. IHI Power Systems is in charge of the development. The actual engine and its peripheral equipment will undergo operational tests to […]

Galdiera – a red microalgae useful for gold extraction from waste water and micro-mining

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/column/16/021500017/042000276/ Galdieria sulphuraria is a heterotrophic red alga found in sulfuric hot springs. It is a member of the Aedes aegypti Galderia is a startup that aims to cultivate and process Galdieria sulphuraria, and market it as a metal adsorbent for gold, palladium, and other metals. Galdieria sulphuraria is a unicellular red alga that lives […]

Toray and Mitsui Sugar realize bagasse-to-sugar plant in Thailand

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101636.html Toray Ltd. and DM Mitsui Sugar have jointly developed a system to produce plant-derived sugar from sugarcane residue (bagasse) generated at sugar refineries in Thailand as part of NEDO’s “Demonstration Project on Energy-saving Cellulose Sugar Production System from Surplus Bagasse Raw Material.  This system will make it possible to replace petroleum-derived chemicals with chemicals […]

CHITOSE Carbon Capture Central (C4) starts 7 ha microalgae cultivation facility in Kuching, Malaysia

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/report/16/082400016/041900285/ Across the road is a thermal power plant, and the CO2 in its exhaust gas is used to cultivate algae in photo bio reactors on 4,54 ha, with the total capacity reaching 4,060 tons (photo courtesy of Chitose Institute). C4 was established on behalf of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), […]

Taisei Corp. makes Synechococcus produce extracellular fatty acids

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101632.html A research team, consisting of Taisei Corporation, Saitama University, Chubu University, and Kazusa DNA Research Institute, succeeded  in producing microalgae that produce free fatty acids outside the cells without introducing foreign genes, by suppressing or enhancing the expression of specific genes in the cyanobacterial strain Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942. Conventional algae biofuel production involves […]

Kao Corp: gallic acid and 4,3-AHBA from glucose

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/04/12/10582/ At the JSBBA conference 2023, Kao has announced the production of gallic acid, a raw material for semiconductors and other products, and of 4-amino-3-hydroxybenzoic acid (4,3-AHBA), a raw material for plastics, both from glucose. Corynebacteria are used for production, and a dedicated metabolic pathway has been constructed for each compound. Gallic acid is an […]

Plastics to fertilizer: guiding principles for fully bio-based polycarbonates

https://www.jst.go.jp/pr/announce/20230412/pdf/20230412.pdf https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2023/PY/D3PY00079F A research team led by Associate Professor Daisuke Aoki of Chiba University Poly has synthesised isosorbide carbonates (PICs) from non-toxic and biodegradable isosorbide (ISB), which is derived from glucose. PICs can be degraded by ammonolysis to give a mixture of isosorbide and urea, which can be directly used as a fertilizer. In this […]

NEDO initiates program on “smart microorganisms” producing value products from CO2

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101619.html As part of the Green Innovation Fund project, NEDO will start the “Promotion of carbon recycling using CO2 as a direct raw material using bio-manufacturing technology” (total budget: 176.7 billion yen). In this project, NEDO will focus on “sophistication of platform technology for modifying microorganisms to accelerate the development of useful microorganisms,” “development and […]

Shipping and receiving locations for Japan’s liquefied hydrogen supply chain

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101612.html As part of NEDO’s Green Innovation Fund Project “Large-Scale Hydrogen Supply Chain Construction Project,” Japan Hydrogen Energy Corporation, Iwatani Corporation, and ENEOS Corporation are engaged in the “Demonstration of Commercialization of a Liquefied Hydrogen Supply Chain. Currently, a technical study is being conducted to prepare for the start of construction and demonstration operations. The […]

FAST thermoelectric materials may offer an environmental friendly option for roadside sensors in autonomous driving: NEDO

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101604.html Meti’s project house Nedo is sponsoring a collaborative project to improve the performance and reduce the cost of thermoelectric modules made of iron (Fe), aluminum (AI) and silicon (Si) (FAST materials) that do not use rare and toxic metals. The consortium has now unveiled a 2 cm2 ceramic thermoelectric module that harvests enough power […]

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