Research and innovation

Advanced biofuels

We are working alongside scientists at universities, government laboratories and companies to progress the science needed to deliver advanced biofuels with environmental benefits.

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Meeting demand for increased energy supplies

Global demand for energy is projected to grow by about 25 percent through 2040. To expand supplies — while increasing efficiency and mitigating emissions — an integrated set of solutions will be required.

That is why ExxonMobil is funding a broad portfolio of biofuels research programs for new energy sources. ExxonMobil is focused on advanced biofuels that do not compete with food or water supplies. Examples include algae, corn stover, switchgrass or methane emitted from microbial activity in landfills. Among many other benefits, algae can be used to manufacture biofuels similar in composition to today’s transportation fuels.

Research and development highlights

~50%

lower life cycle greenhouse gas emissions will be produced by algal biofuels as compared to petroleum-derived fuel

~$250M

ExxonMobil investment in biofuels research in the last decade
We are targeting

1,500 gallons

fuel per acre per year potentially yielded from algae — five times more fuel per acre than from sugar cane or corn
News

ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group partner with Clariant to advance cellulosic biofuel research

ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) signed a joint research agreement with Clariant to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel, which has the potential to play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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All articles about advanced biofuels

One-of-a-kind partners working on breakthrough innovations No single company, organization or institution has all the answers when it comes to developing tomorrow’s low-emission energy.

Research partners Energy Factor Oct. 25, 2019

India: Innovating in one of the world's largest energy markets Driven by expanding populations and improving living standards, India and China will account for about half of the world’s energy demand in 2040.

Research partners Energy Factor Oct. 14, 2019

From petri dish to pond: Algae farming, in pictures Researching algae takes scientific research, sunshine, some very large ponds and the right kind of algae.

Advanced biofuels Energy Factor Aug. 2, 2019

Patrick Hanks: Algae engineer

If you had told me a few years ago that one day I’d be farming algae with the hope of creating a reliable, low-emission energy source, I probably would have been a little skeptical. But that’s exactly what I do.

Advanced biofuels Energy Factor July 22, 2019

Five big ideas from the Aspen Ideas Festival The musician Common, founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and ExxonMobil vice president of research and development Vijay Swarup don’t often run in the same circles.

Advanced biofuels Energy Factor July 9, 2019