MOU Signed for a new collaboration in the field of renewable LPG

November 14, 2023

Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
Astomos Energy Corporation
Futuria Fuels

Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (“FEC”) announces a new collaboration with Astomos Energy Corporation(“Astomos”) and Futuria Fuels (SHV Energy Group) to collaborate in international development of solutions for bioLPG production routes.

•FEC has developed a proprietary process together with catalysts that can convert manure-derived biogas to syngas and then to LPG with propane in high yield.

•Astomos is a leading LPG trader and importer founded in 2006 by the merger of two different companies LPG division, Idemitsu Kosan and Mitsubishi Corporation. Astomos provides their wide capability to import, transport and supply to the worldwide.

•Futuria Fuels, is the dedicated business unit of SHV Energy for the development of sustainable fuels including bioLPG and rDME. SHV Energy is a leading global distributor of off-grid energy such as LPG and LNG.

The focus has been to develop a technology to convert biogas into LPG by applying the developed metal catalyst fixing technology. LPG produced, by using this technology, from carbon dioxide and methane obtained from livestock manure is easy to store and transport, and can be used as energy in ordinary households and in industrial sites such as dairy farming, as well as in the event of a disaster.

The ultimate ambition of the collaboration is to establish a supply of millions of tonnes of renewable bioLPG via multiple plants converting syngas from bio-and recycled carbon feedstocks to serve the present and future geographical customer-base of Astomos, Futuria Fuels and others by commercializing and supplementing the technological developments of FEC.

First steps will be to complete techno-economic analysis, further lab verifications and process design development.

Hideya Moridaira, Furukawa’s President, said: “We believe that the technology we develop with our core technologies not only contributes to a carbon-neutrality but also to the formation of a circular and ecological economy by promoting local consumption of local production on energy assisting the new social infrastructure of the region.”

Mitsuru Yamanaka Astomos Energy’s President, said: “These developments fit perfectly with the vision we have for Astomos Energy. With the changing environment in mind, we, as the leading company in the industry, will keep challenging to achieve the brighter future for LPG.”

Rebecca Groen, Futuria Fuels’s CEO, said: “We recognize the excellent work already done by the Japanese consortium partners in this innovative approach and are excited to collaborate to help accelerate the development both for Japan and other countries around the world.”.

Furukawa Electric Group’s efforts towards the SDGs

Based on the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” adopted by the United Nations, Furukawa Electric Group has formulated the “Furukawa Electric Group Vision 2030” which sets the year 2030 as its target and is advancing efforts with the aim to “Build a sustainable world and make people’s life safe, peaceful and rewarding, Furukawa Electric Group will create solutions for the new generation of global infrastructure combining information, energy and mobility.” Toward the achievement of our Vision 2030, we will take open, agile, and innovative approaches to promote ESG management that aims to increase corporate value over the medium to long term and will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.