From farm leftovers to biofuel

Imagine turning agricultural leftovers into low-emission biofuel. That is, taking plant parts like inedible cornstalks and fueling our cars, trucks, boats and planes. ExxonMobil and its partners at Clariant and Genomatica are working together as part of an ambitious research program to do just that.
Both Clariant and Genomatica have a history of turning promising laboratory research into breakthrough industrial applications. Clariant’s innovative sunliquid® technology is ready to operate at commercial scale and will come into use in four cellulosic ethanol plants in Europe and China. Genomatica manufactures sustainable chemicals.

In short, Clariant’s sunliquid platform will extract energy-rich sugars from inedible corn leftovers and Genomatica will develop processes to convert these sugars into biodiesel.

For ExxonMobil, this research is part of the company’s ongoing portfolio to convert non-food biomass and algae into low-emission transportation fuels.

Taking advantage of ExxonMobil’s experience in developing and supplying energy products on a global scale, the partnership aims to build a seamless refining processes that could transform corn leftovers and other non-food biomass into energy game changers.

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A bio-fueled future, with Tim McMinn

A bio-fueled future, with Tim McMinn

Energy Factor recently spoke with Tim McMinn, a senior technology advisor at ExxonMobil with more than 23 years of experience with the company. He is a member of the leadership team in the company’s Low Carbon Solutions business, which seeks to commercialize proven technologies to reduce carbon emissions across the industrial, power generation and transportation sectors. In this interview, Tim talks about ExxonMobil’s work with low-emission fuels.
One-of-a-kind partners working on breakthrough innovations

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. That’s why global energy company ExxonMobil is partnering with a range of organizations – including a leading biotechnology company to develop next-generation biofuels and a boutique technology company looking to vacuum carbon dioxide straight from the sky.
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Advanced biofuels and algae research: targeting the technical capability to produce 10,000 barrels per day by 2025

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.