Clariant partners with ExxonMobil, REG produce biofuel

Clariant partners with ExxonMobil, REG to produce biofuel

5:50 AM, 28th January 2019
biofuels

MUTTENZ, GERMANY/ IRVING, US/ AMES, US: Clariant announced that it has signed a joint research agreement with ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG). This is 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.

The new agreement ExxonMobil and REG to further optimize REG’s bio-conversion process using previously tested and benchmarked cellulosic sugars created through Clariant’s sunliquid process. The new partnership expands the joint research between ExxonMobil and REG, in which the companies validated the ability of REG Life Sciences bio-conversion technology to convert sugars from cellulosic biomass into biodiesel through a single-step process.

“Our work with REG has led to important advances in genetically improving REG’s proprietary microbes for a beneficial use in facilitating the conversion of cellulosic sugars into biodiesel. Applying Clariant’s expertise and knowledge will help us better understand and advance a key stage in the overall cellulosic conversion process,” said Vijay Swarup, vice president of research and development at ExxonMobil.

“ExxonMobil has been an exceptional partner in developing this promising technology. We believe we have assembled a dream team for conversion of cellulosic biomass to low carbon biofuels,” said Eric Bowen, vice president of REG Life Sciences.

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