Biomass Shore (Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.)

  • SDG2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • SDG12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • SDG13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • SDG14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • SDG17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Midori Kurahashi
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Project Associate Professor
It is no exaggeration to say that global warming in recent years is a climate crisis. Developed countries are starting to commence serious efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Therefore, we aimed to build a society that can carry out industrial activities while reducing carbon dioxide, and set several goals as follows. - Large scale (large enough to help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere); - Has economic balance (economic sustainability drives a sustainable society); - Can be put to practical use in a short amount of time (it is said that the climate crisis has reached a tipping point, with very little time left for corrective action); - Risk prevention and diversification of food, chemical raw materials and energy sources (in the case of Japan). In order to achieve these goals, we succeeded in visualizing the following grand design. We will create a great scale cultivation of microalgae using deep ocean water near the desert coast (Peru is the first candidate country) and build a "biomass complex" to replace the petroleum complex. This complex consists of biomass-derived chemical raw material production, smart agri-industry, smart aqua-industry and so on. Each unit is organically integrated, sustainable and creates economic merit, with carbon neutrality also achieved. Currently, we are seeking collaborators and participants from various fields toward realizing this project.
Dunaliella natural breeding area (pink part in distance), Hutt Lagoon in Australia
Midori Kurahashi
Image of Biomass Shore concept developing in the desert coastal area
Midori Kurahashi

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Research collaborators

- Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc.
- Shizuoka Prefectural Research Institute of Fishery
- Kanto Polytechnic College
- Marine Institute of Peru (IMARPE)


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