Chevron Partners With Texas A & M On Biofuels Research

Joint effort focusing on conversion of non-food crops into renewable transportation fuels.

SAN RAMON, Calif. – A four-year strategic research agreement between Chevron Corporation and the Texas A&M Agriculture and Engineering BioEnergy Alliance was announced Tuesday to accelerate the production and conversion of crops for manufacturing ethanol and other biofuels from cellulose.
The research initiatives of the joint effort will focus on several technology advancements to produce biofuels including: identifying, assessing, cultivating, and optimizing production of second-generation energy feed stocks 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.
In addition to the Texas A&M agreement announced today, Chevron's biofuels business unit has formed research arrangements with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of California - Davis and the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels, which is a consortium of U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, three major Colorado universities and other private companies.
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