Amyris Hits Production Milestone at Its Farnesene Production Facility

By Chemical Processing staff

Oct 15, 2013

Amyris Inc. announced that its farnesene plant in Brazil has achieved the production run rate of 1 million liters over a 45-day period.

The plant is meeting the company’s technology, volumetric and cost targets, Amyris CEO John Melo said.

“With all six fermenters running as planned and with our ongoing production rate, we are on track to achieve our year-end cost targets,” he said. “Our plant at Brotas is expected to produce more farnesene this year than we produced in our entire prior contract manufacturing operations combined. All told, we have surpassed the 5 million liter production mark.”

The Amyris production facility, located adjacent to the Paraiso sugarcane mill in Brotas, Sao Paulo in Brazil, began commercial operations at the beginning of 2013 and had all six fermentors running in July to align with commercial volume needs. Amyris's farnesene is a renewable hydrocarbon molecule addressing growing demand in a broad range of applications, from diesel and jet fuel to high-performance materials.

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