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Amyris to boost farnesene production


alifornia-based industrial bioscience company Amyris has announced that it has

won a three-year, multi-million dollar contract from the US Department of Energy to further the manufacturing of cellulose- derived farnesene for biofuels. Amyris, in co-operation with Renmatix and Total New Energies USA, will work to develop a manufacturing-ready process utilising wood as the cellulosic feedstock to produce

farnesene, a hydrocarbon building block used to

manufacture a variety of products ranging from cosmetics to detergents, as well as base oils, lubricants, diesel and jet fuel. “We’re pleased to partner with Renmatix and Total in furthering the advancement of cellulose-derived farnesene,” said John Melo, President and CEO of Amyris. He continued, “Success in this project could enable farnesene to cost below $1 a litre, which will deliver

breakthrough results in a variety of products, including biofuels, while at the same time leveraging the existing large forestry infrastructure to utilise renewable wood sources and wood waste as a sugar source to produce it”. In a statement, Amyris added that advances in the use of cellulosic materials as a source of low-cost sugars for fermentation are anticipated to bring down the cost of production and have the potential to increase geographical distribution of manufacturing

plants, especially in rural areas in need of new economic opportunities.

The goal of this project is to produce farnesene at the same projected cost of current farnesene produced from sugarcane syrup. This would expand the global availability of farnesene in general, as well as increase the number of potential product applications for which this building block can be used. More information from

Bio-refi ning mill project for Pöyry in US An assignment for

environmental permitting and pre-engineering services at a new bio-refi ning mill project in the US state of Arkansas has been awarded to Pöyry by Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co Ltd.

The assignment covers

environmental permit application development services and pre- engineering services for the new mill. Local teams in China and the United States, together with Pöyry’s global resources and

know-how, will aid Sun Paper in building an effi cient, state-of-the- art bio-refi ning mill.

Based in China’s Shandong Province, Sun Paper ranks among the top 500 Chinese enterprises and is one of the world’s top pulp and paper makers. The company employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The value of the planned investment will be more than $1 billion and the new mill will create around 250 jobs. “The key element for our business success is the best

team and excellent co-operation partners,” said Chairman Li, CEO of Sun Paper. “The best team can select the right partners, who are able to deliver the best solutions.” “In the United States, there’s been no green-fi eld pulp mill built for nearly 30 years; we know that Pöyry can utilise its global expertise and in-depth know-how to help us to build a world-class, energy-effi cient, cost-effectively operating and environmental- friendly, state-of-the-art bio- refi ning mill,” added Guangdong

Ying, Chief Engineer and Deputy General Manager, Sun Paper. “We are proud to be Sun Paper’s selected partner in this global project. By executing this project using our combined Asian, North American and European resources we’re able to provide Sun Paper the best engineering solutions and technological knowledge,” confi rmed Nicholas Oksanen, President of Pöyry’s Industry Business Group. More information from

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