Embraer, General Electric and Amyris signed a memorandum of understanding on November 18 which will see the companies collaborate on the development of renewable jet fuels.
“Greening the skies is a rather complex subject and requires broad industry expertise and commitment,” says Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer president & CEO. “The partnership with top level players will certainly represent an important step towards this endeavor.”
Under the partnership, Embraer is planning to conduct a test flight of a biofuel derived from sugar cane developed by Amyris on an E-Jet belonging to Brazilian airline Azul Linhas Aereas in 2012. “This is a landmark project for air travel,” said Amyris CEO John Melo. “It demonstrates that a united industry can usher in an era of cleaner air travel, while using sustainable resources.”