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Japan Energy Corporation awarded for Excellence in bioremediation research


Singapore – Japan Energy Corporation has been awarded the 2008 Asia Pacific Frost & Sullivan Excellence in Research Award in the field of Bioremediation.

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In recognition of its efforts to develop an advanced biosurfactant that can act as an effective remediation agent in oil-contaminated water and soils, Frost and Sullivan proudly acknowledged Bio Research Center of Japan Energy Corporation as a deserving recipient of this Award.

Wai Fun Kee, Research Analyst with Frost & Sullivan’s Technical Insights group Asia Pacific says, “Oil spills are a major form of ocean pollution that can result in the death of a whole host of aquatic species, as well as contribute towards the contamination of the shoreline environment. Cleanup of oil spills traditionally relied on chemical surfactants but bio-based surfactants are gaining ground as a safer and more environment-friendly alternative. One of the more effective biosurfactants developed thus far is Japan Energy Corp’s JE1058BS, developed by the company’s Bio Research Center. JE1058BS was shown to reduce the oil content of oil-contaminated seawater by 81.8% after a 28 day period. ”

She further observed, “Aside from being an oil spill remediation agent, JE1058BS can also be applied in the area of bioremediation of oil-contaminated soil, in-situ soil flushing, and microbial enhanced oil recovery (MEOR).”

About Japan Energy Corp

The Japan Energy Group, sometimes known by its corporate brand name of JOMO, is involved in a diverse range of petroleum-based activities, from upstream activities such as petroleum exploration and refining all the way to downstream products such as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), lubricants and various petrochemical products. The Japan Energy Group has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. The company’s research laboratories however are all concentrated at a huge research facility in Toda city in the Saitama prefecture of Japan. The research facility includes a Refining Technology Center, a Lubricating Oil Development Center, the Japan Energy Analysis Center, JOMO Technical Research Center, as well as a Biotechnology Research Center (referred to as the Bio Research Center). The current R&D emphasis is in the areas of “energy” and “environment,” with research focus in the energy domain centering on fuel cells and hydrogen supply systems, while in the field of environment, research and development (R&D) is focused on the recycling of wastes and environmental cleanup systems.

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