Six private companies create “biomass innovation research association for next-generation automotive fuels”

ENEOS Corporation (ENEOS), Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki), Subaru Corporation (Subaru), Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. (Daihatsu), Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho) established the Biomass Research Association Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels (Research Association) on July 1, 2022, to study ways to optimize the fuel production process.

Providing diverse energy options to meet the needs of many different regions and customers is crucial to achieving carbon neutrality. Hydrogen and synthetic fuels based on electricity from renewable energy sources, as well as bioethanol fuel capable of reducing CO2 photosynthesis emissions in plants are promising options, and their effectiveness has been confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). However, it is essential to clarify the problems and seek a solution regarding CO2 reduction of emissions and social implementation throughout the manufacturing process, in addition to the supply of raw materials for each of these fuels.

This research association promotes technological research on the use of biomass, as well as the efficient production of bioethanol fuel for automobiles through the optimized circulation of hydrogen, oxygen and CO2 during production to achieve a carbon neutral society. The specific research areas are as follows.

  1. Research on efficient ethanol production systems

With the aim of improving the production technology of second-generation bioethanol fuel that does not compete with food, the Research Association will design, install and operate production facilities, identify production problems, research solutions and study ways to improve the efficiency of production systems. .

  1. Research on the by-product oxygen, CO2 Capture and use

The research association will study how to use the high concentration of oxygen generated as a by-product during the production of hydrogen as well as the CO2 generated during the production of bioethanol fuel.

  1. Research into the efficient operation of the entire system, including fuel usage

The research association will study the problems related to the use of the bioethanol fuel obtained in (1) for automobiles and other vehicles and will explore solutions. It will also study model formulas that can make predictions on both feedstock cultivation production volumes and fuel production volumes.

  1. Research into effective methods of growing raw materials

The research organization will develop a system offering optimal cultivation methods to maximize yield and optimize crop components to secure feedstock for bioethanol fuels. It will aim to improve the accuracy of crop yield productions through soil composition surveys and other methods.

Overview of the Biomass Innovation Research Association for Next-Generation Automotive Fuels

Creation date July 1, 2022
President of the council Koichi Nakata (Head of Carbon Neutral Development Division. Toyota Motor Corporation)
Members Daihatsu, ENEOS, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Toyota Tsusho (in alphabetical order)
Head office location Fukushima Okuma Incubation Center, Shimizu-230 Shimonogami, Okuma, Futaba district, Fukushima Prefecture
Company overview Research on improving the efficiency of carbon neutral technology
Sustainable Development Goals

Toyota Motor Corporation works to develop and manufacture innovative, safe and high-quality products and services that create happiness by providing mobility for all. We believe that true success comes from the support of our customers, partners, employees and the communities in which we operate. Since our founding over 80 years ago in 1937, we have applied our guiding principles in the pursuit of a safer, greener and more inclusive society. Today, as we transform into a mobility company developing connected, automated, shared and electrified technologies, we also remain true to our guiding principles and many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to help achieve a world always better, where everyone is free. to move.

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