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CCUS: Japan inaugurates ship for liquid CO2 sea transport

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101705.html The CO2 transport test ship “Ekusukuru”, which incorporates a marine cargo tank system for transporting carbon dioxide (CO2) and was developed as part of the “CCUS Research, Development and Verification Project” commissioned by NEDO, was completed, and a naming and delivery ceremony was held. (NGL) and the Engineering National Association of Japan (ENAA), which […]

Euglena biofuel production plant moving towards commercialization

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/10/31/11231/ Euglena is used to produce biofuels such as Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), biodiesel fuel, and bionaphtha by adding fats and oils extracted from the microalgae Euglena to used cooking oil. Biofuels are being produced at a biofuel manufacturing demonstration plant in Yokohama City. The plant is scheduled to close by the end of January […]

Takenaka’s CUCO cement features over 80% reduction of CO2 emissions during production

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101698.html As part of NEDO’s Green Innovation Fund project “Development of concrete manufacturing technology using CO2”, Takenaka Corporation, together with Kajima Corporation and Denka Corporation, will develop carbon negative concrete that emits less than zero carbon dioxide (CO2) during the concrete manufacturing process. They have developed a concrete product called CUCO-precast material for construction ┬áthat […]

Japan: bioplastics production increases due to government support

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/column/16/031700078/092600020/ Bioplastics, which are made from renewable resources and are biodegradable, have been rapidly gaining popularity in recent years. With the Japanese government’s promotion of bioplastics, companies are increasing production of existing products and developing new ones. The challenges are to further reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing and use, and to improve functionality in […]

BioPhenolics Co. aims at mass production of dozens of aromatic chemicals using “smart cells”

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/column/16/021500017/090500297/ https://bio-phenolics.com/?page_id=68 BioPhenolics is a startup from the University of Tsukuba that is conducting research and development of technology to produce aromatic hydrocarbon chemicals with benzene rings using improved microorganisms (“smart cells”). Currently, BioPhenolics has a pipeline of more than 10 chemical products that it is independently researching and developing, and when combined with the […]

Japan’s NEDO goes for carbon-neutral ammonia-combusting industrial furnaces

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101678. As part of the Green Innovation Fund Project, NEDO will launch the “Decarbonization of Thermal Processes in the Manufacturing Sector” project (total budget: 30.41 billion yen) with the aim of achieving “carbon neutrality by 2050. The project will work on the establishment of combustion technologies required for carbon-neutral industrial furnaces, and technologies for reducing […]

Japan demonstrates battery controller for solar roads

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101674.html Under NEDO’s “Technology Research and Development Project for Discovery and Commercialization of New Energy and Other Seeds”, MIRAI-LABO Co., Ltd. has developed the “Solar Mobiway,” a solar power generation panel that can be laid on the road surface, and EV Repurpose, which reuses batteries discharged from used electric vehicles (EVs). The Autonomous Intelligent Road […]

JGC and Bacchus Co to cooperate on green chemicals from biofoundries

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/07/08/10893/ JGC Holdings (HD), which focuses on engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of plants, and Bacchus BioInnovation (Kobe, President Mikio Tanji), a Kobe University startup, announced that they will collaborate in the biofoundry business, which produces useful substances using microbes and other materials. Bacchus, of which Professor Akihiko Kondo of Kobe University’s Graduate School serves […]

Spraying of yeast esterase accelerates degradation of biodegradable mulch films

https://bio.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/news/p1/23/07/05/10885/ Biodegradable mulch film has been commercially available for about 20 years. Hiroko Kitamoto and her team from theNational Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences had discovered that Pseudozyma Antarctica which is ubiquitous on plant surfaces, break down biodegradable plastics by a secreted esterase PaE . This degrading enzyme, PaE, was known to degrade polybutylene succinate adipate […]

NEDO supports study on LCA of cellulose nanofiber materials CNF

https://www.nedo.go.jp/news/press/AA5_101659.html NEDO supports five R&D themes for the “Study and Evaluation of Evaluation Methods for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Cellulose Nanofiber Materials” to accelerate the social implementation of cellulose nanofibers (CNF), and has begun full-scale implementation. The project aims to accelerate CNF-related businesses by visualizing the results of comparisons of CNF’s features, such as […]

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