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If Japan firm succeeds, jets will fly on algae fuel

Tying up with ANA and Chevron, Euglena hopes to commercialise bio jet fuel by 2020

Euglena, a single- celled microscopic algae, being cultivated in a tank at Euglena Co's research laboratory in Ishigaki, Okinawa prefecture, Japan.


THE future of Japan's biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or, more specifically, green algae that's swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That's what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co are counting on anyway.

After 10 years developing the algae as a