Nikkei. Bioenergy Corp., a Tokyo-based food-waste processing company, will start using biogas produced by the fermentation of food waste as a fuel in vehicles that collect the waste by the end of March 2009.
A revised version of Japan’s Food Recycling Law went into effect in December 2007, setting higher targets food-related companies need to attain in fiscal 2012. Bioenergy is a joint venture between Ichikawa Kankyo Engineering Co., Kaname Kogyo Co. and San-R (3R, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation), formed to produce power from food waste.
Bioenergy was the site of the world’s first project to generate and market power from a direct fuel cell operating on anaerobic digester gas from a food recycling facility.
Bioenergy...plans to spend about 400 million yen [US$3.9 million] in fiscal 2008 and 2009 to install at its plant the necessary facilities capable of filling about 40-50 cars a day with biogas.
Bioenergy will use adsoprtion technology from the newly formed Biogas Net Japan to refine and clean the digester gas to automotive quality.
Biogas Net Japan is a joint venture established by Kanematsu Corporation, Orient Geo Services Co., Ltd., Ichikawa Kankyo Engineering Co., Ltd., Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., Adsorption Technology Industries Ltd., Dai-Dan Co., Ltd., Tokyo Gas Engineering Co., Ltd., Tesco Inc., Nippon Gas Co., Ltd., The First Energy Service Company, Limited, and The Japan Research Institute, Limited. The new company is to establish biogas recovery, refining, transportation and supply systems.