21 Apr '11, 9am

MHI Establishes Technology to Produce Biofuel Locally at Low Cost from Rice and Barley Straws

The demonstration project to produce cellulosic bioethanol has been under way since 2008 jointly with the Hyogo Prefectural Government, the Hyogo Environmental Advancement Association (HEAA) and other entities. MHI jointly with Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. and Kansai Chemical Engineering Co., Ltd. was responsible for verification of the bioethanol production processes. Initially, each of the three participating companies took charge of specific areas based on their expertise and conducted verification testing at their own research facility. Next, starting in December 2009 the entire process to produce ethanol from lignocellulose was verified at a demonstration plant built specifically for the project at MHI's Futami Plant in Hyogo. Rice and barley straws, the feedstocks, were provided by a local farmers association. HEAA, the Hyogo Prefectural Technology Center for Agr...

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