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Embraer establishes new fuels group

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 19, 2009

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.”

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