Chevron and Weyerhaeuser create biofuels alliance
Chevron Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company made known a letter of intent to jointly assess the feasibility of commercializing the production of biofuels from cellulose-based sources.
The companies will focus on researching and developing technology that can transform wood fiber and other nonfood sources of cellulose into clean-burning biofuels for cars and trucks. Feedstock options include a wide range of materials from Weyerhaeuser’s existing forest and mill system and cellulosic crops planted on Weyerhaeuser’s managed forest plantations.
The venture leverages the strengths of both companies, combining Chevron’s technology capabilities in molecular conversion, product engineering, advanced fuel manufacturing and fuels distribution with Weyerhaeuser’s expertise in collection and transformation of cellulosics into engineered materials, innovative land stewardship, crop management, biomass conversion and capacity to deliver sustainable cellulose-based fiber at scale.
Both Chevron and Weyerhaeuser already have separate research partnerships underway to accelerate the development of cellulosic biofuels. Chevron has forged alliances with the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of California at Davis, the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels, and the United States Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Weyerhaeuser is collaborating with several research universities, national laboratories and technology-based companies in research on conversion of forest products into ethanol and other biofuels.