San Ramon, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com Chevron Corporation and the Texas A&M Agriculture and Engineering BioEnergy Alliance (Texas A&M BioEnergy Alliance) have entered into a strategic research agreement to accelerate the production and conversion of crops for manufacturing ethanol and other biofuels from cellulose.
“Chevron believes that biofuels will fill an important role in diversifying the nation’s energy sources by providing a source of low-carbon transportation fuel,” said Don Paul, vice president and chief technology officer, Chevron Corporation. “Bringing biofuels to large-scale commercial production is an enormous challenge that requires the combined efforts of industry, universities and research institutions, and governments. It is through partnerships like this that biofuels will be a viable part of meeting the energy challenges of tomorrow.”
The research initiatives will focus on several technology advancements to produce biofuels including, but not limited to, identifying, assessing, cultivating, and optimizing production of second-generation energy feedstocks for cellulose and bio-oils with a focus on non-food crops; characterizing and optimizing the design of dedicated bioenergy crops through advances in genomic sciences and plant breeding; developing integrated logistics systems associated with the harvest, transport, storage and conversion of bioenergy crops, and developing advanced biofuels processing technologies.
Chevron formed a biofuels business unit in May 2006 to advance technology and pursue commercial opportunities related to the production and distribution of ethanol and biodiesel in the United States. Its research and development (R&D) activities in biofuels are currently structured around a research initiative with Weyerhaeuser Company; a major alliance with U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); and a portfolio of four regionally focused university programs.
Chevron is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of today’s alternative and renewable energy technologies. Between 2007 and 2009, Chevron expects to spend more than $2.5 billion.