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Companies Demo Renewable Jet Fuel in Embraer E195


Embraer 195
An Azul Embraer E195 is fueled with AMJ 700 renewable jet fuel produced from Brazilian sugarcane.

June 20, 2012 - Azul Brazilian Airlines, in partnership with Amyris Inc., Embraer, and GE, made a demonstration flight Tuesday using renewable jet fuel produced from Brazilian sugarcane, the companies reported in a joint release. Azul used an Embraer E195 jet as a demonstrator.

The jet, powered by GE engines, departed from Campinas Viracopos Airport, flew over Rio de Janeiro and landed at Santos Dumont Airport. The fuel, called AMJ 700, is made using modified microorganisms that convert sugar into pure renewable hydrocarbon, resulting in a renewable jet fuel that, according to a lifecycle analysis and sustainability study by the Institute for International Trade Negotiations (ICONE), could reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 82 percent compared to convention fossil-derived jet fuel.

Once approved, Amyris claims that AMJ 700 will "meet the most rigorous requirements of the aviation industry as well as ASTM standards."


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