Biodiesel/Biofuel Japan Plans First Demonstration Plant for Bio-Jetfuel and Biodiesel
Chiyoda and Euglena join forces for Japan’s first demonstration plant to produce and supply biojet/biodiesel fuels. This plant will be constructed by Chiyoda specialists at a Yokohama sea-side area as part of Euglena’s plan toward 2020.
Yokohama/Japan – Operation of the demonstration plant is planned to start in the first half of 2018 in cooperation with City of Yokohama, Itochu Enex, Isuzu Motors, All Nippon Airways and Chiyoda. Recently, there have been several developments leading to the realization and expansion of the use of biofuels such as renewable jet fuel in Japan. The July 2015 establishment of the “Committee for the Study of a Process Leading to Introduction of Renewable Jet Fuel for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Tokyo”, by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism was an important step towards the use of renewable materials in the country.
Euglena has already studied renewable jet fuel production from microalgae since May 2010 and has conducted a joint research project with Isuzu on next-generation (i.e. drop-in, hydrocarbon) renewable diesel. In 2014, the company signed a technology license agreement with chevron for the use of the company’s Isoconversion process, which shall be used on a demonstration scale. Based on the results of pilot plant operations, Euglena aims for full scale commercial production by 2020.