Sunday, August 16, 2009

DigInfo -

Japan is a forested country with about 70% of its land comprised of bountiful woodland. The Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute is the only research organization in Japan that comprehensively researches forests in order to know, protect, and utilize this asset. The institute is currently developing a bio-ethanol production technology based on simultaneous glycosylation fermentation using alkali pretreatments and cellulose-producing microorganisms. As a raw material for bio-ethanol, woody biomass doesn't compete with current food-based ones. People are increasingly turning to alternative materials including wood refuse and used paper to produce bio-ethanol fuel. The institute is currently developing the equipment to enable production of bio-ethanol from woody biomass.