|*1.||Biomass resource is a general term for all agricultural or marine products including surplus and the untapped natural resources. It differs from petroleum or coal as they are renewable from the air, the earth, the sea and the energy of the sun. Biomass is increasingly regarded as a new resource for use in the fields of energy and materials.
|*2.||Examples of Applications for Vegetable-Based Plastics|
|Products:||Walkman (WM-FX202), Super Audio CD/DVD Player (DVP-NS999ES), AIBO (ERF-210AW06J, and ERS-7)|
||Portable Radio (ICR-P10) and the MiniDisc Neige Series
|*3.||Sony developed the FeliCa card using its own non-contact IC card technology.
Designed with built-in high-security features, FeliCa IC cards permit the rapid exchange of data, and are highly reusable since data can be easily replaced or updated. FeliCa technology has been adopted not only for the "Suica" commuter pass / stored fare card of East Japan Railway Company, but also in other fields such as the prepaid electric money service "Edy," employee, and membership identification.
|*4.||Vegetable-based plastic is created by using lactic acid bacteria (lactobacilli) to ferment starches and sugars derived from such organic sources as corn. The material then undergoes a chemical binding process (polymerization) to convert it to a polymer molecule form.