ExxonMobil joins cellulosic biofuel research

ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co. and Renewable Energy Group Inc.’s Life Sciences subsidiary have agreed to study the production of biodiesel via fermentation of renewable cellulosic sugars.

Renewable Energy Group, Ames, Iowa, has a patented technology that uses microbes to convert sugars to biodiesel in a one-step process similar to ethanol production.

In the US, commercial production of renewable fuel from cellulose has fallen short of statutory requirements.

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