ExxonMobil funds and conducts advanced biofuels research as an investment in new technologies that could increase energy supplies, reduce emissions and improve efficiencies.Learn more.
ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) are working toward the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuels a day by 2025.
Last week we announced an exciting new step in developing scalable biofuels from algae that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel per day by 2025.
When we refer to biofuels, we are talking about taking algae or plants that are growing today and chemically or biologically turning them into things you can put in your gas tank.
Biofuels refer to any fuel that is derived from living organisms. Given their renewable nature, biofuels offer the potential to help expand energy supplies while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Scientists from Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) and ExxonMobil have developed a strain of algae able to convert carbon into a record amount of energy-rich fat, which can then be processed into biodiesel.
Diesel fuel refined from algae oils could transform how we power everything from automobiles to jet planes. The stuff is not only energy-rich—it also emits significantly fewer greenhouse gases than most transportation fuels. However, the environmental benefits of fuels made from this next-generation biofuel don’t end there.
What are algae? They’re a lot more than pond scum and seaweed. Algae (singular: alga) are everywhere, but often we take these little and not-so-little organisms for granted. We’ve cultivated ten of our favorite algae facts on everything from food coloring to fuel to help you grow your knowledge.
March 6, 2018: ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. today announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel per day by 2025.
July 17, 2017: The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil have announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels.
June 19, 2017: ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. today announced a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth.
Research and development
ExxonMobil continues to fund and conduct research on advanced biofuels. This work is part of our many investments in new technologies with the transformative potential to increase energy supplies, reduce emissions and improve operational efficiencies.
For more insight on SGI and ExxonMobil’s partnership and their advances in research, watch our video.
Video: Algae biofuels research
Scientists from SGI and ExxonMobil have developed a strain of algae able to convert carbon into a record amount of energy-rich fat, which can then be processed into biodiesel. It's noteworthy that fatty algae make the strain more fit to eventually produce biofuels at an industrial scale.
Video: Energy Lives Here™
Sometimes the tiniest things have the potential to make a huge impact – like algae. While some say it just makes a mess, our scientists think it could become a biofuel to help cars emit less.
Dr. Kelsey McNeely may not look like your typical farmer, but that’s because she’s researching a very special crop: algae. ExxonMobil scientists think it could be the future of biofuels.
Video: Energy Lives HereTM
ExxonMobil scientist Vijay Swarup discusses the importance of curiosity and its role in solving the world’s critical energy challenges, including carbon capture and biofuels from algae.