The first product, a renewable diesel that works in current engines, is targeted for commercialisation in 2010. Scale-up and testing work to date reportedly indicate that this fuel scales more quickly and economically than currently available biofuels, and reduces emissions by 80 per cent over petroleum diesel.
Using Amyris’ technology platform, the new joint venture, Amyris-Crystalsev Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Biocombustiveis, will work with Brazilian sugarcane mills and fuel producers to scale production of the Amyris renewable diesel fuel. Amyris will hold the majority stake in the Amyris-Crystalsev venture, and Crystalsev will hold the remaining stake and contribute commercialisation expertise.
Santelisa Vale, the second largest ethanol and sugar producer in
Santelisa Vale will also provide technical and engineering expertise to accelerate development and scale-up of the Amyris fuel.
As part of the scale up process, the partners will open a research and development headquarters in
Unlike current biofuels, Amyris renewable fuels are designed to meet or exceed the quality of existing petroleum fuels and be fully compatible with existing fuels infrastructure and engines. They are formulated biologically through sugar fermentation to create hydrocarbons.
The result is a new kind of renewable fuel that is expected to work in today’s automotive and jet engines with no performance trade-offs, to blend at high-levels with other petroleum fuels, and to be fully compatible with existing distribution infrastructure, while offering significantly reduced emissions.
The new fuels can be readily produced in existing ethanol facilities with limited manufacturing changes, which enables rapid adoption and a cost effective platform. Amyris expects to produce its fuels with a variety of plant and cellulosic feedstocks over time.
Amyris-Crystalsev plans to market its renewable fuels worldwide, with initial focus on