About SIP-Lignin

 Lignin is one of the essential cell wall components, which comprises 20-35% of wood and plant tissues. In Japan, approximately 20 million cubic meters (8 million ton) per year of forest residues exist as potential abundant of unused biomass, 30% of which is lignin that has not being utilized effectively up to these days. A new concept of lignin production technology is thus considered by introducing new industries using this potentially abundant biomass in order to create vibrant rural area economic development. From this point of the view, we have developed a series of technologies, starting from harvesting of forest residues, processing of lignin production and functionalization to fabrication of end products as well as processing of by-product utilization in order to establish a new lignin business platform, which bring the high profits to the rural area economics. Accordingly, SIP-Lignin research consortium has being established to initiate the development of rural area biorefinery business by “Technologies for Creating Next-Generation Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries “ under the Cross-Ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program, administered by Council for Sciences, Technology and Innovation (CSTI). There are a total of 25 participating organizations (5 national research institutes, 9 universities, and 11 private companies). The mission concept of SIP-Lignin is “Towards technological innovation in rural area lignin biomass resources utilization system”. From this vision, we are convinced to contribute our utmost effort to fulfill the research mission.

Principal Investigator  Dr. Tatsuhiko Yamada