DENSO Building Larger Test Facility for Production of Biofuel from Microalgae

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea is a microalga which accumulates oil in its tissues through photosynthesis. DENSO is researching ways to use this microalga to produce biofuel and to absorb CO2 released from plants and other facilities. The company's goal is to reduce CO2 emissions and provide a renewable source of energy, as an alternative to relying on fossil fuels.

    DENSO’s microalga can produce oil three to 10 times more efficiently than oilseed rape and other plants.

    Now add that to our recent expose from NESTE/Propel Diesel HPR and you can see how far this can go.

    Next Generation Diesel – Inexpensive, Low Carbon and Bio Feedstock Sourced

    DENSO is building a large 215,000 sq. ft. test facility for the culture of Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea, an oil-producing microalga patented by DENSO that is used to produce low CO2 fuel. The new facility located in Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan will be used to perform verification tests needed to establish large-scale microalga cultivation technologies required to improve biofuel production efficiency. The facility will start operations in April, 2016.


    Since April 2008, DENSO has worked to produce biofuel extracted from Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea microalga, which is a fast-growing, vigorous, and easy-to-cultivate microalga. Until now, DENSO has conducted microalga farming tests in a smaller 3,200 sq. ft. facility located on its Zenmyo Plant site in Nishio, Aichi, Japan. DENSO’s new facility will be one of the largest sites in Japan used for this kind of study. In 2018 timeframe, DENSO aims to have established large-scale microalga cultivation technologies for domestic fuel production and consumption.

    DENSO will continue its efforts to help preserve the global environment and create a sustainable society.

    Talk about a win win solution for the country of Japan and the world as a whole!


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