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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2011 Jun;22(3):344-50. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.04.023. Epub 2011 May 24.

Industrial fermentation of renewable diesel fuels.

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Amyris, Inc, 5885 Hollis Street, Suite 100, Emeryville, CA 94608, United States.


In commodity chemicals, cost drives everything. A working class family of four drives up to the gas pumps and faces a choice of a renewable diesel or petroleum diesel. Renewable diesel costs $0.50 more per gallon. Which fuel do they pick? Petroleum diesel will be the winner every time, unless the renewable fuel can achieve cost and performance parity with petrol. Nascent producers of advanced biofuels, including Amyris, LS9, Neste and Solazyme, aim to deliver renewable diesel fuels that not only meet the cost challenge, but also exceed the storage, transport, engine performance and emissions properties of petroleum diesel.

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