ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (EMRE) has entered
into a licensing agreement with Sundrop Fuels for EMREs
methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology.
Sundrop Fuels will apply the technology at its planned biomass
fuels plant near Alexandria, Louisiana, officials said.
The biomass complex will gasify forest waste supplemented
with hydrogen produced from natural
gas to make synthesis gas.
The syngas then will be converted to methanol and fed into
the MTG process, producing 3,500 bpd of renewable gasoline.
The MTG process converts crude methanol directly into low
sulfur, low benzene gasoline.
Although the original application of the MTG technology processed methanol from
gas, the same technology can be used for methanol
from other sources such as coal, petcoke and biomass.