Vehicle manufacturer Mazda has now become a full member of the Research Association of Biomass Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels. The association was founded on July 1, 2022, by Eneos, Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu, Toyota Motor and the Toyota Tsusho Corporation. A total of seven companies are now participating in the association, which fosters technological research on the use of biomass in addition to the efficient production of bioethanol fuel for vehicles to achieve carbon-neutral society.
The research on enhancing production technology for bioethanol fuel and using CO2 generated during bioethanol fuel production – that the Research Association has been promoting as part of a range of diverse options for achieving carbon neutrality – aligns with Mazda’s intention to deliver more options with its multi-solution strategy, and is the reason that led the OEM to join the Research Association.
“We are very honored to have received this invitation from the Research Association of Biomass Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels,” explained Hiroyuki Yamashita, senior principal engineer responsible for technological research at Mazda. “Through the Research Association, we will work together with other member companies to promote research and development on production technology for bioethanol fuel and other technologies. We will make every effort to increase the potential of carbon neutral fuels, a promising option for achieving a carbon neutral society.”
“Carbon neutral fuels are a leading energy option for realizing a carbon neutral society,” added Koichi Nakata, chairman of the board of the Research Association of Biomass Innovation for Next Generation Automobile Fuels. “We are delighted that Mazda, which has accumulated considerable knowledge and technology relating to carbon neutral fuels, has become our new partner. The Research Association will further promote research on production technology for bioethanol fuel and the use of CO2 generated during that process.”