Bio fuel company ready to move to production
Biofuel-venture company Euglena which has its research and manufacturing facilities on Ishigaki Island and head office in Tokyo, announced on Monday it’s plan for the first practical application project of producing bio jet fuel from of euglena. Euglena are a group of single-cell green organisms that grow both in fresh and salt waters.
The company aims to produce jet fuel in commercial scale for a passenger aircraft to fly before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The company is working in cooperation with the All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
At the same time, the company also aims to produce bio diesel fuel for buses on public roads.
The company says it would invest about ¥3 billion in the project, and construct a demonstration plant in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. It envisions starting its operation in the beginning of 2018.
The company plans for making 125 kiloliters of made-in-Japan bio fuels annually from a mix of euglena and waste oil. The bio jet fuel will be mixed with regular jet fuel.
The company expects its bio jet fuel to be certified by the FAA.
The bio diesel fuel the company will produce does not need mixing with any other fuel such as light diesel oil.