Friday, August 21, 2009

amyris biofuels

Colorado-based Amyris Biotechnologies opened up a demonstration plant with a capacity of more than 10,000 gallons a year in Campinas, Brazil, to demonstrate large-scale production of hydrocarbons, from sugarcane processed using its engineered microbes. The sugarcane is converted into conventional diesel fuel. With the hope of using Brazil’s existing biofuel infrastructure, the company will make hydrocarbons to produce diesel and other chemicals to sell in the country and possibly in the United States and Europe in 2011.
Brazilian sugarcane is cheaper than US corn and its processing is less expensive and the leftover waste is useful in producing electricity. Burning this fuel produces no sulfur, less carbon monoxide, and fewer nitrogen oxides, particulates, and other emissions, compared with petroleum diesel. Just don't cut down any rainforest to plant the sugarcane.....



Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're based in Emeryville CA.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a lovely idea, but sugar cane tends to be a very fertilizer and pesticide intensive crop.
Brazil is also very poor in parts, so it there's money in this, there will probably be some forest clearing too.

5:20 AM  

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