Hokkaido University and Hokkaido Bioeconomy Institute
Hokkaido Bioeconomy Institute is a small startup in collaboration with Hokkaido University, establishing a sustainable biomass supply from Miscanthus. It is a high yield perennial grass native to Japan which was traditionally used as thatching. It also has the capacity for carbon sequestration in the soil, mitigating climate change. Current and future products include pellet fuels, fiber packing, animal bedding, cellulosic nanofibers, bio-based composites and compostable plastics. Biobased business is important for a circular economy and our aim is to research and develop a business model using Miscanthus, and this has potential benefits in both economic and environmental sectors.