Country

USA, France

Date

20/06/2014

Entity

ASTM, Amyris, Total

Product

Sugar-to-alkane

Category

R&D

Summary

Sugar-to-alkane jet fuel was approved by ASTM

ASTM International has just approved for commercial aviation use the "sugar-to-alkane" process developed by AMYRIS and Total. The process allows to directly convert sugar into an unsaturated hydrocarbon molecule called farnesene, which is then hydrogenated into a farnesane product, an alkane that can be blended up to 10% with conventional jet fuel. The pathway is third one approved for alternative jet fuel production after Fischer-Tropsch fuels in 2009 and HEFA fuels (hydroprocessed oils and fats) in 2011. The new fuel is referred to as "Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic"fuel (SIP) by ASTM .

Amyris has a biorefinery in Brazil’s São Paulo province that is capable of producing up to 50 million litres of farnesene a year and the company has been supplying its renewable diesel product to metropolitan areas in Brazil. In addition, the biorefinery was certified last month by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). Total and Amyris are already preparing for commercial sales of their renewable jet fuel product to airlines.

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Sugar-to-alkane jet fuel was approved by ASTM

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