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June 21, 2022

ExxonMobil introduces new technology to convert methanol to SAF

The company aims to use the new technology to grow its lower-emission fuel business.

ExxonMobil has unveiled its new process technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable methanol.

Using its methanol to jet proprietary process technology and catalysts, ExxonMobil converts methanol derived from the gasification of biomass and waste, captured carbon dioxide or lower-carbon hydrogen into SAF.

ExxonMobil lower-emission fuels venture executive Russ Green said: “SAF produced from renewable methanol can play an important role in helping the aviation industry achieve the transition to a net-zero future.

“Reaching that goal by 2050 will require a multi-faceted approach, including advancements in aircraft-related technology, changes to infrastructure and operations, and a dramatic increase in SAF supply. Our process technology can be an important step in this direction.”

With its new technology and infrastructure, ExxonMobil aims to grow its lower-emission fuel business.

The new solution also enhances ExxonMobil technologies that are engineered to manufacture SAF from biofeeds, such as used cooking oils, animal fats and vegetable oil.

The company is also in the process of identifying opportunities to deploy these technology solutions to help with decarbonisation in the aviation industry.

ExxonMobil catalysts and licensing president James Ritchie said: “Methanol to jet technology is scalable and suitable for the conversion of methanol produced from today’s world-scale plants. The work necessary to qualify the resulting renewable jet fuel pathway has already started.”

In February, Singapore Airlines, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Temasek chose ExxonMobil to deliver SAF.

ExxonMobil agreed to supply the green fuel to Changi Airport using an existing fuel hydrant system.

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