Amyris ships first commerical order of Biofene from Brazil plant

By Chris Hanson | February 07, 2013

On February  1, Amyris Inc. shipped the first commercial order of Biofene from its production facility in Brotas, Brazil.

“This initial shipment marks the successful completion of our start-up activities. We have operated multiple tanks without contamination or surprises through several production runs during the first month of operation,” said John Melo, president and CEO of Amyris.

Biofene is Amyris’s brand of renewable farnesene. It is manufactured from local sugarcane feedstock, and  modified into drop-in fuel replacements, such as jet fuel and diesel fuel for roughly 300 public transit buses in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Amyris’s successful jet fuel test was completed last June and was designed to be compliant with Jet A/A-1 fuel standards. The aircraft did not require any engine or body modifications to utilize the renewable jet fuel.

In addition to being used to create biofuels, Biofene can also be used to produce cosmetics, flavors, fragrances, polymers, plastic additives, home and personal care products, and lubricants. “We are now focused on ramping Biofene production and delivering product to our customers, from renewable bus fleets in Brazil to squalane emollient globally and soon a range of specialty chemical applications,” Melo said.

Amyris will report financial results for the fourth quarter 2012 and provide a business update on Feb. 19, 2013 after close of the market.