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ExxonMobil announces new methanol-to-jet process tech

ExxonMobil announces new methanol-to-jet process tech
ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC (ExxonMobil) has developed a proprietary methanol-to-jet process technology to enable the manufacture of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable methanol.

US-headed ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC (ExxonMobil), a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Chemical Company one of the world's largest chemical companies has announced a unique process technology to enable the manufacture of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable methanol.

According to a statement, ExxonMobil is leveraging its core capabilities to develop a proprietary methanol-to-jet process solution that converts renewable methanol into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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, said Russ Green, ExxonMobil’s lower-emission fuels venture executive.

Methanol derived from the gasification of biomass and waste, as well as from lower-carbon hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide (CO₂), can be converted into SAF using ExxonMobil’s methanol-to-jet proprietary process technology and catalysts.

Preliminary estimates by ExxonMobil suggest that this solution has a higher yield of jet fuel than other options.

The solution also provides the flexibility to use a mix of alcohols as feedstock and produce renewable diesel and lower-carbon chemical feedstocks.

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, said James Ritchie, President of ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing LLC.

Decarbonization and hydrogen solutions

ExxonMobil has a long history of developing advantaged proprietary process technologies and catalysts to make energy products.

The company has process technology and catalysts that are available to customers today which convert other renewable feedstock, such as used cooking oils (UCO), animal fats, and vegetable oil, into SAF.

According to the company’s own analysis, its “BIDW” isomerization catalyst provides a jet fuel yield advantage versus alternatives currently available.

ExxonMobil is evaluating opportunities to deploy these process technology solutions within a portfolio of options to help the aviation industry to decarbonize.

ExxonMobil is advancing integrated solutions to extend our Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and hydrogen capabilities to support the decarbonization objectives of our biofuels customers and partners, said Siva Ariyapadi, Bioenergy Global Business Manager at ExxonMobil.

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