August 28, 2006

Brazil firm links with U.S. to produce biokerosene

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian biofuel company,
Tecbio, has linked up with NASA and U.S. aerospace firm Boeing
to develop a biokerosene aviation fuel, Tecbio's President
Expedito Parente told a seminar on Monday.

The alternative vegetable-oils based fuel to power
airplanes was invented by Tecbio in 1980 and flight tested in
Brazil in 1984 before being abandoned. It attracted fresh
interest after oil prices rose to record levels this year.

"We are starting to resurrect biokerosene ... the scenario
today is different," Parente said, adding that the partnership
with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) and Boeing was still at an early stage.

A memorandum of understanding was signed earlier this

Parente told the seminar in Sao Paulo that he expected to
get the fuel patented in 2008.

Based in Fortaleza, capital of the northeastern state of
Ceara, Tecbio has a biofuel project in the state of Piaui, also
in northeast Brazil.

Tecbio, Brazil's largest biodiesel technology company, is
implementing six projects and seeking funding for another four.