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Advanced biofuels

Finding new feedstock materials for fewer emissions


The fuel powering engines today has developed over decades of technological breakthroughs. At Low Carbon Solutions, we are focused on building on those breakthroughs to create new solutions for the world by developing lower-emission fuels. Our teams’ mission is to work on advancements that will enable customers across the road, marine and aviation transportation sectors to keep vehicles, ships and planes running with lower-carbon biofuels. 

As one of the world’s largest refiners, ExxonMobil is well suited to leverage its technology and infrastructure to progress this second-generation of biofuels. Second-generation advanced biofuels are typically produced with material from cellulosic wastes such as woody biomass and municipal solid waste. This is one of the ways our teams are striving to play a leading role in the energy transition and positioning for a lower-emission future.

Today, that work includes developing and applying key technologies for conversion processes that are needed to create lower-carbon products at scale. And, depending on our customers’ preferences, we can supply specific second-generation biofuels like methanol for marine fuel or sustainable aviation fuel. We are also leveraging our hydrogen and carbon capture value chain in that process. For example, gasification that combines making biofuels with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology – called BioEnergy with CCS or BECCS – can produce marine and aviation fuels. 

ExxonMobil’s Low Carbon Solutions team can help you find the right biofuel for your business.

Meeting energy demand with fewer emissions

Demand for low-emission fuels is expected to grow, especially in transportation sectors that are hard to decarbonize, like aviation, marine and heavy-duty trucking. The Low Carbon Solutions team is working around the world to scale new products with an array of feedstocks that produce fuels with a lower carbon footprint. Here’s a look at just some of that work.

  • Invest:

    In 2022, ExxonMobil acquired a 49.9% stake in Biojet AS, a Norwegian biofuels company that plans to convert forestry and wood-based construction waste into lower-emissions biofuels and biofuel components. When produced, Biojet AS’s biofuels can be used for passenger vehicles and heavy trucks. Additional opportunities for marine transportation and aviation may develop as the market for lower-emissions biofuels expands.
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  • Technology:

    ExxonMobil methanol-to-jet technology will provide a new route for sustainable aviation fuel production. Preliminary estimates by ExxonMobil suggest that this solution has a higher yield of jet fuel than other options. ExxonMobil is evaluating opportunities to deploy these process technology solutions within a portfolio of options to help the aviation industry to decarbonize.
    Technology: Technology:

    Hear from ExxonMobil’s Russ Green, Lower Emission Fuels Venture Executive, on how he sees the future of advanced biofuels.