A biotechnology company based in the US are on a mission to make the world renewable, using sugar of all things! The company, Amyris, which was founded by scientists from California’s UC Berkley aim to increase renewable energy use by using sugar sourced from Australia, as reported by abcnews.au.
The company was originally set up back in 2003 in an attempt to produce a replacement for anti-malarial medications which were more sustainable. They now are in the process of developing sustainable ingredients, such as sugar, instead of using materials from petrol based products, animals and plants.
They began with researching bio-fuels, and developed a product which could be turned into fuel for diesel powered vehicles and even jet engines. With the recent fluctuation of bio-fuel markets and an increased emphasis on climate change, the company then switched its attention to the food sector.
The company, Amyris, now aim to replace specific ingredients in food products, with more sustainable resources such as Australian sugar. They also plan to replace chemicals used in perfumes, cosmetic supplies, pharmaceuticals sourced from non-renewable resources with their more sustainable plant based products.
The milled sugar is added to yeast, which creates alcohol, and subsequently turned into the ingredient required. The company, to keep up with their latest project, now plan to build a new factory, as their current site in Brazil is at full capacity.
The project is supported by the University of Queensland and the Queensland Government.