November 01, 2010
announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has furthered its official registration of Amyris’s renewable diesel fuel, raising the registered blend level with ultra low sulfur diesel from 20% to 35%. This blend level is the highest awarded to date by the EPA for commercial sale of a motor vehicle renewable gasoline or diesel fuel, according to the EPA fuel registration directory.
Amyris was able to enhance its original renewable diesel registration by submitting additional fuel property data, third-party testing, engine testing conducted by major diesel engine OEMs and highway validation tests. The highway validation tests included light-duty passenger, medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. Production of the Amyris’s renewable diesel utilized in these tests was partially funded by the Department of Energy through an Integrated Bio-Refinery Program grant, which was awarded to Amyris in April 2010.
The latest third-party and OEM testing indicates that Amyris’s renewable diesel fuel, which is blended with petroleum diesel, provides a true No-Compromise® ‘drop-in’ fuel for the diesel market.
“Obtaining the highest EPA awarded blend level registration validates the high performance properties of our renewable hydrocarbon diesel,” said John Melo, chief executive officer of Amyris. “We are producing a true No Compromise fuel – a renewable diesel that eliminates the critical challenges plaguing biofuels while still enabling dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas and tail pipe emissions for vehicles, from passenger cars through heavy-duty trucks.”