Amyris Brasil Ltda., a subsidiary of Amyris, Inc., will supply renewable diesel during a 12-month fleet test involving 20 city buses in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earlier this month, Amyris announced it will supply 160 city buses in São Paulo with Amyris renewable diesel for use in a 10% blend. (Earlier post.)
The renewable fuel derived from sugarcane, known locally as Diesel de Cana, will be blended at a 30% rate with petroleum-derived diesel and used in Mercedes-Benz buses operated by Viação Saens Peña, a Rio-based bus operator. The Rio transportation federation, FETRANSPOR, will use the data collected during this fleet test to evaluate the engine and environmental benefits of Amyris’s renewable diesel.
The results of the fleet test will be presented at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) taking place in Rio in June 2012.
We are thrilled to expand the use of our renewable diesel to Brazil’s second-largest city. This will be the first large-scale use of our Diesel de Cana at a blend of 30 percent in Brazil. We continue to see strong demand for our renewable fuels, particularly as more engine suppliers and transport operators validate their performance.—John Melo, CEO of Amyris
The city of Rio de Janeiro has more than 8,000 buses consuming about 280 million liters of diesel per year. The Rio fleet test is expected to validate the reduction of NOx and particulate matter emissions evidenced in recent Mercedes-Benz engine tests with a 30% blend of Amyris’s renewable diesel.
Amyris has developed a pure hydrocarbon renewable diesel fuel derived from plant-based sugars that does not require engine or infrastructure modifications. Amyris’s renewable diesel’s has shown superior cold weather performance, high cetane and comparable energy density to petroleum diesel, enabling it to obtain the highest blending registration by the US Environmental Protection Agency.