Amyris And Total Expand Relationship | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 32 | p. 20 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 6, 2012

Amyris And Total Expand Relationship

Department: Business
Keywords: cleantech, farnesene, isoprenoids, terpene
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This Azul Brazilian Airlines plane recently made a test flight using renewable fuel from Amyris.
Credit: Amyris
Photo of the Embraer E195 jet operated by Azul Brazilian Airlines on a demonstration flight using renewable jet fuel produced from Brazilian sugarcane.
 
This Azul Brazilian Airlines plane recently made a test flight using renewable fuel from Amyris.
Credit: Amyris

France’s Total is giving stronger backing to Amyris, an Emeryville, Calif.-based firm that is developing a fermentation route to the building block chemical farnesene. Under a new agreement, Total could provide $82 million in funding over three years to Amyris for development of diesel and jet fuel from farnesene. The firms may then form a manufacturing joint venture. Under an earlier agreement, Total, which owns a 21% stake in Amyris, pledged $50 million in funding.

 
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