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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 

Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG) has announced a cooperation with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) to start the research and development of biofuel using a test engine as one of solutions for decarbonisation.

The biofuel used will be derived from organic substance (biomass) and regarded as carbon-neutral, because the absorbed carbon dioxide by photosynthesis in the growth process of biomass and carbon dioxide emitted during combustion is considered to be balanced. Biofuel has been attracting attention as an alternative fuel as one of the promising renewable energy toward decarbonization and one of the solutions against the energy crisis due to the depletion of natural resources such as fossil fuel.

In addition, since biofuel emits almost no sulphur oxides (SOx) in combustion, expanded use as a marine fuel is expected. In collaboration with NYK Line, J-ENG plans to carry out the engine test using the biofuel from GoodFuels, a biofuel supplier based in the Netherlands. This test engine is located in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Research & Innovation Center where various fuel tests can be performed.

To realise a decarbonised society which does not depend on fossil fuels, through the reduction of GHG (greenhouse gas) in shipping industry, J-ENG will continuously move forward to innovate and provide alternative energy solutions for the future.

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