Brazil to launch new diesel biofuel using sugarcane

US company Amyris and Brazilian company Cristalsev announced discovery of first diesel biofuel from sugarcane.


A new diesel biofuel derived from sugarcane is to be launched in Brazil after an accidental discovery made while researching malaria cures, the US and Brazilian companies involved said Wednesday.


John Melo, the head of the US company Amyris involved, explained that one of his bio-engineers stumbled on the process while working on the Artemisia anti-malaria medicine.


Although the technology could make a variety of fuels, Amyris decided to make diesel with Brazilian partner Crystalsev because of demand for that product was "two to three times higher than for petrol."


He asked that the sugarcane diesel not be called "biodiesel" because that term is already applied to a fuel made from grains containing oil.


The two companies are to initially invest 10 million dollars to install offices in Sao Paulo and build a factory that will experiment with the new fuel.

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