US firms point way to sugarcane-based biodiesel - report

10 November 2009 19:50  [Source: ICIS news]

BERLIN (ICIS news)--Producing biodiesel from sugarcane is less than five years away from becoming commercially viable, as illustrated by two US companies, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The companies, Amyris and LS9, are due to start building commercial plants in 2011, with the plants coming online in 2013, according to a report from Accenture, a consultancy.

"The world has long awaited a biofuel diesel solution. The use of synthetic biology to convert sugars to diesel has advanced significantly in the past one to two years, and it is close to commercial viability," the report said. 

Melissa Stark, partner with Accenture working in the Energy Strategy division, also commented on the possible commercial viability of biocrude. 

"It could be at the first commercial stage in the next five to ten years. It all depends on scalability," she said.

"All of these technologies are competing at the same time. Ethanol, for instance, is much closer," she said.

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