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
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 natural gas, the same
technology can be used for methanol from other sources such as
coal, petcoke and biomass.