GOL has committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of the biofuel on its US to Brazil routes starting with initial flights later this month. Supported by Boeing, the Inter-American Development Bank and other partners, Amyris is working to bring this new, renewable jet fuel to commercial airlines starting with Brazil’s GOL Airlines.
Developed by Amyris, an industrial bioscience company, and Total, a global energy companies, this aviation biofuel meets the performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global commercial aviation industry.
On June 15, ASTM revised the ASTM for jet fuel standard, paving the way for airlines to use Synthesized Iso-Paraffin (SIP) farnesane as a jet fuel component in commercial airlines globally. When produced sustainably, farnesane can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent on a lifecycle basis compared to traditional petroleum fuels, Amyris says.
In addition to reducing GHG emissions, industry studies have shown that farnesane reduces particulate matter emissions by 3 percent, reducing pollution near airports and major metropolitan areas. This renewable jet fuel, which is made in Brazil from sugarcane, can be up to 30 percent more efficient in land use compared to other renewable fuels (by liters/hectare) and it could become approximately 70 percent more efficient than such fuels when new technologies, like sugar from cellulosic feedstocks, become commercially available.