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Total, Amyris Add Renewable Farnesane to Jet Fuel

Posted on the 19 June 2014 by Dailyfusion @dailyfusion
Total, Amyris to market a new jet fuel blend that contains up to 10% blends of renewable farnesaneTotal and Amyris to market a new jet fuel blend that contains up to 10% blends of renewable farnesane. (Credit: Flickr @ Dean Morley[email protected]/)

France’s Total and Amyris, an integrated renewable products company, headquartered in California, begin to prepare to market a new jet fuel that contains up to 10% blends of renewable farnesane.

According to Total, the new fuel meets the rigorous performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global commercial aviation industry.

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“The ability of this renewable jet fuel to meet the criteria in the definitive standard for use in commercial aviation is a significant milestone in the ongoing collaboration between Amyris and Total. It unleashes the potential of our renewable jet fuel for the commercial aviation market,” said Philippe Boisseau, Member of the Executive Committee of Total, President of Marketing & Services and New Energies divisions.

“The introduction of our green fuel for the commercial aviation industry has the potential to lead to a meaningful reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with strong performance. As one of the world’s biggest suppliers of aviation fuel, one of Total’s objectives is to make breakthrough jet fuel solutions widely available to its airline customers, supporting their quest to meet high sustainability objectives,” Boisseau added.

The revised standard, D7566, developed by ASTM Committee on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants, now includes the use of farnesane as a blending component in jet fuels for commercial aviation. This latest version of ASTM D7566, Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons, will allow a biomass-based renewable jet fuel, as developed by Amyris and Total, to support the commercial airliners’ goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Conformance to ASTM D7566 enables us to advance our ongoing discussions with several of the major international airlines seeking to fly commercial flights with renewable fuels capable of reducing emissions and improving performance,” said John Melo, President & Chief Executive Officer of Amyris.

“With our partner Total, we are paving the way for a new era for the aviation industry by providing a drop-in, low carbon jet fuel solution that will support the sustainability and environmental goals set by the industry without compromising performance. Achieving conformance to this standard in record time is a credit to the disruptive potential of our technology and the commitment of the global aviation industry to support innovative solutions,” Melo concluded.

The ASTM standard involved an end-to-end evaluation program to verify and ensure that the renewable jet fuel product is compatible with aircraft and engine components and systems. In collaboration with key stakeholders of the aviation community, Amyris and Total conducted a thorough test program, from the investigation of key fuel properties to evaluation of performance at scale including multiple engine and flight tests. This renewable fuel meets jet fuel strict specifications and bears favorable properties such as low freezing point, high thermostability and high net heat of combustion. The Brazilian fuels regulator, ANP, has indicated it will include this renewable fuel as option among the other alternative aviation fuels already allowed in the national specification.

This older video from the Amyris’ website gives an overview of Total-Amyris Fuels Partnership:

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