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From booze to bioenergy: Japanese factory to convert waste from shochu production into fuel

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By grape Japan

Anabuki Housing Service Corporation, a condominium management company, held an inauguration ceremony on April 7 for its Shochu Bioenergy Miyazaki Nichinan Plant in Nichinan City, Miyazaki Prefecture.

Since 2014, the company has been working closely with the University of Miyazaki in a public-private collaboration to refine ethanol for biofuel from the waste generated in the process of making shochu, a type of distilled alcohol famous in Miyazaki Prefecture. In so doing, they have aimed at solving the problem of processing shochu waste.

In recent years, some major manufacturers have installed equipment in their factories to treat shochu waste liquid and convert it into feed and fertilizer, but many companies find it difficult to invest in such equipment and instead ask a contractor to treat their waste liquid for nearly 10,000 yen per ton, which cuts into their profits. Anabuki Housing Service Corporation aims to address this problem and make it easier for shochu distilleries to process their waste.

Towards this end, they began operating a demonstration plant in November 2017 to produce ethanol for biofuel from shochu waste liquid on the premises of the Universit of Miyazaki.

And now, they have inaugurated the Shochu Bioenergy Miyazaki Nichinan Plant.

Through this project, Anabuki Housing Service Corporation seeks to promote sustainable development in order to achieve SDG goal 7 (Make energy clean and available to all) and 9 (Create a foundation for industry and technological innovation).

Outline of the Shochu Bioenergy Miyazaki Nichinan Plant

Location: 887-4, Kou Yamasumi-kami, Oto, Kitago-cho, Nichinan City, Miyazaki Prefecture

Start of full-scale operation: May 2021 (scheduled)

For more information, visit Anabuki Housing Service Corporation's website here.

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Kirishima Distillers in Miyazaki have been doing this for the last 20 years.

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Going forward, every industry in every country needs to look at how it can do things in a way that does not contribute to the destruction of a bio-friendly atmosphere.

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