EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRS) announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency has furthered its official registration of Amyris’s renewable diesel fuel, raising the registered blend level with ultra low sulfur diesel from 20% to 35%. This blend level is the highest awarded to date by the EPA for commercial sale of a motor vehicle renewable gasoline or diesel fuel, according to the EPA fuel registration directory.
Amyris was able to enhance its original renewable diesel registration by submitting additional fuel property data, third-party testing, engine testing conducted by major diesel engine OEMs and highway validation tests. The highway validation tests included light-duty passenger, medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. Production of the Amyris’s renewable diesel utilized in these tests was partially funded by the Department of Energy through an Integrated Bio-Refinery Program grant, which was awarded to Amyris in April 2010.
The latest third-party and OEM testing indicates that Amyris’s renewable diesel fuel, which is blended with petroleum diesel, provides a true No-Compromise® ‘drop-in’ fuel for the diesel market.
“Obtaining the highest EPA awarded blend level registration validates the high performance properties of our renewable hydrocarbon diesel,” said John Melo, chief executive officer of Amyris. “We are producing a true No Compromise fuel – a renewable diesel that eliminates the critical challenges plaguing biofuels while still enabling dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas and tail pipe emissions for vehicles, from passenger cars through heavy-duty trucks.”
Amyris is building an integrated renewable products company by applying industrial synthetic biology to genetically modify microorganisms to serve as living factories. Amyris designs these microorganisms to produce defined molecules for use as renewable chemicals and transportation fuels. Amyris Brasil S.A., a subsidiary of Amyris, oversees the establishment and expansion of Amyris’s production in Brazil, including SMA Indústria Química S.A., its joint venture with São Martinho. In addition, Amyris is building fuels distribution capabilities in the United States through its subsidiary, Amyris Fuels LLC. More information about Amyris and its subsidiaries is available at www.amyris.com or www.amyrisbrasil.com.
Certain statements in this press release, including statements relating to the properties of Amyris’s renewable diesel are “forward-looking statements” that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including statements related to the No-Compromise characteristics of our diesel fuel. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations, and as a result of certain risks and uncertainties actual results may differ materially from those projected. The following important factors, without limitation, could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements: risks associated with the ongoing development and scale-up of our diesel fuel technology and the possibility that other companies may develop, and the EPA may register, competing products. These and other risks are detailed in Amyris’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including the risks identified under the section captioned “Risk Factors” in its final prospectus relating to its initial public offering filed pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, on September 27, 2010. Amyris disclaims any obligation to update information contained in these forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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