Wide-ranging energy company ExxonMobil has extended an agreement with University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) in the US by another two years to check out the conversion of biomass into jet and other transportation fuels.
The research leverages the university’s dexterity in biomass conversion, and ExxonMobil’s resources and technological capabilities.
As part of the inquiry, UW-Madison Harvey D Spangler chemical and biological engineering professor George Huber has already been composition with ExxonMobil to better understand the basic chemical transformations that come to when biomass is converted into diesel and jet fuels.
The scientists aim to use the investigating to identify scalable and commercially viable solutions, which are capable of get-together growing global energy demand with a renewable resource.
“We conjecture to use the same type of catalytic technologies that are already used in the petrochemical earnestness to convert oil into fuels and chemicals.”
Huber said: “Biofuels sooner a be wearing the potential to become a significant option for meeting growing global desirable for diesel and jet fuel if low-cost and scalable technologies can be developed.
“The focus of this central research is to demonstrate technologies that could make such a framework possible.
“We expect to use the same type of catalytic technologies that are already cast-off in the petrochemical industry to convert oil into fuels and chemicals.”
For the last two years, scientists from UW-Madison and ExxonMobil organize been developing a multistep approach to convert cellulosic biomass to transportation nourishes.
Under the renewed partnership, the researchers will try to explore a new strategy that could optimise the change method.
They are also expected to study the catalytic transformation of bio-derived ethanol into bio-derived diesel and jet tinder.
Ethanol has currently been produced from various sources and is extensively used as an additive to gasoline.
This technology has the potential to enable larger diesel and jet combustible molecules to be produced from renewable sources.
According to ExxonMobil, its fact-finding with UW-Madison will continue to focus on non-food sources, listing corn stover and other cellulosic feedstocks, which could be drive back into biofuel.