Country

France

Date

20/06/2013

Entity

Total, Airbus, Airfrance, Safran, Amyris

Product

Biofuels

Category

R&D

Summary

​Demonstration flight with Amyris-Total Sugar-to-Alkane fuel in the frame of the French Initiative for Future Aviation Fuels

As part of the 2013 Paris Air Show, Airbus, Air France, Safran and Total organised a demonstration flight between Toulouse and Le Bourget with an Airbus A321 using a blend of renewable jet fuel produced by Amyris and Total.

The blend contained 10% of biofuel made from sugar using Amyris fermentation technology that produces farnesene, a long chained branched hydrocarbon that can be converted in jet fuel through hydrogenation. This was the second flight using this fuel which is currently undergoing approval by ASTM (a first flight was achieved in June 2012 with an Embraer 195). Amyris and Total expect the fuel to be commercially available in 2014 after ASTM approval (commercial production of fernesene has begun In Brazil in December 2012).

The flight, "Joining our energies - Biofuel initiative France", was organised in order to demonstrate the capability to set up a French industry for aviation biofuels, in connection with the European "Biofuel Flight Path" initiative that aims at producing 2 Mt of bio-jetfuel in 2020. The partners of the flight call for converging efforts of industry and national administration to develop a sustainable and viable supply.

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