Sugar High: Total, Amyris, Airbus complete sugar-based renewable jet fuel flight at Paris Air Show

June 21, 2013 |

amyris-flightLandmark flight for sugar-based renewable jet fuel — what’s the future? 

As the technology and downstream market matures, the big question is feedstock costs. And they’re trending nicely.

In France, Amyris and Total announced a successful demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show its renewable jet fuel made from Amyris Biofene and, ultimately, from plant sugars.

The Airbus A321 aircraft powered by two Snecma CFM56 jet engines flew from Toulouse to Paris with a blend of renewable jet fuel produced by Amyris and Total. This demonstration flight was in support of the French Initiative for Future Aviation Fuels, which seeks to produce and commercialize alternative, renewable and sustainable aviation fuels in France in the coming years.

This was the second public demonstration flight with the Amyris-Total renewable jet fuel. In June 2012, an Embraer E195 jet flew with the renewable jet fuel produced from sugarcane in Brazil.

In today’s Digest, we look in-depth at the genetic engineering technologies, the Biofene molecule and its applications, the economics of sugar-based jet fuels, the Amyris-Total partnership and its trajectory, reaction from the partners, plus a networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity with Amyris CEO John Melo, and more – via the page links below.

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