ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group Report Progress in Cellulosic Biodiesel ResearchSource: Business Wire
- Companies agree to extend research program based on positive findings
- Program uses microbes to convert cellulosic sugars into biodiesel
- Initiative part of ExxonMobil’s research into emissions-reducing technologies
“Our first challenge during the initial research was to determine
technical feasibility and potential environmental benefits,” said
During their initial research, the companies successfully validated the feasibility of the REG Life Sciences fermentation technology across multiple cellulosic sugar compositions produced with a variety of methods from various non-edible biomass sources. The research also confirmed REG Life Sciences technology is capable of achieving substantial reductions of full-lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel fuel.
“Biofuels today are made largely from food sources, such as corn and sugar cane,” said Swarup. “ExxonMobil is challenging that paradigm by exploring a portfolio of large-scale biofuels solutions that do not compete with food and water. Our work with REG Life Sciences has been critical to better understanding the potential for converting cellulosic feedstock from agricultural waste into a commercially viable diesel fuel, as well as the lifecycle greenhouse gas implications of that process.”
REG Life Sciences has developed proprietary technology that relies on microbes to convert cellulosic sugars into biodiesel in a one-step fermentation process. Cellulosic feedstocks derived from agricultural waste, contain multiple types of sugars, including glucose and xylose, as well as impurities that can inhibit the fermentation process.
“ExxonMobil has been a great partner and we are proud of what we have
accomplished to date,” said
A breakthrough in cellulosic biodiesel production could have broad implications for the transportation sector. Global demand for transportation-related energy is projected to increase by about 25 percent through 2040, and accelerating the reduction in emissions from the transportation sector through technologies like biodiesel will play a critical role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.
REG Life Sciences is developing renewable products for partners by applying its state of the art microbial fermentation platform to hard to solve problems. REG Life Sciences partners with industry leaders across multiple markets to bring these low carbon, cost competitive and performance advantaged products to market.
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