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Spotlight on Eco-Friendly ProductsSpotlight on Eco-Friendly Products

MGC makes products for a wide range of applications that help reduce environmental impacts in the communities where they are used. The company has designated these products as MGC Group Eco-friendly Products.

Geothermal power
A renewable and clean source of energy

CO2 emissions over the lifecycle of a geothermal
power are less than 2% of a coal-fired power plant

Benefits for the environment

Geothermal power is generated by using heat from the Earth’s core to produce steam. It is a renewable source of energy that can stably generate power without being affected by seasonal weather changes. In addition, geothermal power plants emit far less CO2 than other types of power plants.

How geothermal power generation works

MGC’s geothermal power plants in operation and under development

Direct methanol fuel cells
Enabling quiet and clean power generation

Supplies power without emitting any NOx, SOx,
particulate matter or other atmospheric pollutants

Benefits for the environment

Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) produce power through a chemical reaction, so they operate quietly and emit no atmospheric pollutants. They can also continuously supply electricity for several consecutive days.

Comparing the performance of DMFCs with other emergency power supplies

DMFCs are clean sources of energy that operate at low noise levels, and meet high-performance standards for applications that require relatively low output of electricity to be supplied continuously for long periods of time. Since the cells are also compact, they can be installed in small spaces for use in times of emergency.

How DMFCs work

DMFCs generate electricity by producing a chemical reaction using methanol and air. DMFCs can continuously supply electricity as long as they are filled with methanol.

Dimethyl ether
A clean fuel derived from methanol

Emits comparatively low amounts of NOx and no
SOx and PM matter during combustion

Benefits for the environment

MGC produces dimethyl ether as well as methanol from natural gas produced as a by-product of oil drilling, thereby making effective use of resources from an environmental perspective. Dimethyl ether is also being promoted as a clean fuel because it emits no sulfur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM), which are emitted when burning diesel oil or kerosene.

Aerosol spray cans
As an alternative to chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), MGC’s dimethyl ether is used in aerosol spray cans as a propellant.

Plastic greenhouses
MGC is aiming to commercialize dimethyl ether as a greenhouse boiler fuel that facilitates cultivation since it emits CO2 needed for the growth of plants and produce while also providing heating.

Trucks
MGC’s dimethyl ether can be used as a clean diesel fuel for trucks.

Meta-xylenediamine
A highly weather-proof epoxy coating

Contains absolutely no organic solvents

Benefits for the environment

MGC’s meta-xylenediamine (MXDA) epoxy coating is comparatively friendlier to human health and the environment than conventional products because it is water-based and contains no organic solvents, which are a cause atmospheric pollution. Compared with ordinary curing agents, about 20% less volume of MXDA is needed to get the same hardening performance, which ultimately contributes to conserving oil resources.

Comparing MXDA and an ordinary curing agent by the amount of needed for the same performance

Foamed plastic
Over 95% of this resin is air

Enables the weight of a car’s rear seat to be
reduced by 20 – 30% compared with previous
products

Benefits for the environment

Widely used in automotive components, foamed plastic is a very lightweight and rigid material that contributes to improving the fuel efficiency of vehicles and reducing CO2 emissions. Foamed plastic is also an environmentally friendly material that can be recycled.

Automotive components made with foamed plastic

* Products of JSP, a member of the MGC Group.

Expansion ratio of foamed plastic by application

Hydrogen peroxide
An environmentally friendly pulp and paper bleaching agent

Hydrogen peroxide is used as a bleaching agent that
does not harm marine ecosystems because it
decomposes into water and oxygen

Benefits for the environment

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound that has been used as a bleaching agent and an oxidizer for many years. It produces no harmful by-products since it decomposes into water and oxygen. Consequently, hydrogen peroxide is in demand for various applications as an environmentally friendly chemical.

Using hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine to bleach paper products

After successfully manufacturing hydrogen peroxide for the first time in Japan in 1933, MGC went on to become one of the world’s leading producers of this substance.

Ageless oxygen absorbers
Preserves the freshness and taste of food for longer periods

Helping reduce the amount of wasted food

Benefits for the environment

Ageless can keep food tasting delicious and fresh for relatively long times, which leads to less food being thrown away due to mold, discoloration, or loss of flavor. That also helps reduce the amount of times food needs to be produced and delivered, which ultimately means less CO2 emissions.

How Ageless works

Ageless is mainly comprised of specially processed iron powder. One property of iron is that it bonds with oxygen as it rusts. That allows Ageless to effectively absorb the oxygen in an airtight package, thereby preventing adverse effects from oxygen and oxidation on the items in the package.

The effectiveness of Ageless in preserving food

Testing the ability of Ageless to prevent mold

Under experimental conditions, the colonization of blue mold was observed on castella sponge cake either in packaging containing an Ageless sachet, in nitrogen flushed packaging, or exposed to the air.