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November 2006

Research Alliance formed to advance biofuel development

Chevron Corporation and the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announced an alliance to advance the development of renewable transportation fuels.

Chevron Technology Ventures LLC (CTV), a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, and NREL signed a five-year agreement to research and develop new production technologies for biofuels. Researchers from CTV and NREL will collaborate on projects to develop the next generation of process technologies that will convert cellulosic biomass, such as forestry and agricultural wastes, into biofuels such as ethanol and renewable diesel.

“Our goal is to further diversify the world’s energy sources in order to help meet the growth in future energy demand,” said Don Paul, vice president and chief technology officer, Chevron Corporation.“

CTV also will fund research that complements DOE-sponsored work at NREL on bio-oil reforming, a process by which bio-oils derived from the decomposition of biological feedstocks are then converted into hydrogen. This research may expedite the development of a feed-flexible, distributed-reforming process for renewable hydrogen production as well as provide the hydrogen necessary in some potential biofuels conversion technologies.

“We believe that for the next generation of biofuels production to become commercially viable there must be flexibility to diversify the feedstocks, and the processes by which the biofuels are produced must also increase in efficiency and effectiveness, said Rick Zalesky, vice president, Biofuels and Hydrogen, CTV.


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