Chevron and Texas A&M Team Up on Cellulose Research

Alliance should help accelerate production and conversion of crops for ethanol. By Christi Scherler

Published on: Jun 21, 2007

Chevron Corporation and the Texas A&M BioEnergy Alliance have entered into a strategic research agreement to accelerate the production and conversion of crops for manufacturing ethanol and other bio-fuels from cellulose.

Chevron Technology Ventures, a division of Chevron USA, Inc, will support research initiatives over a four-year period through the Texas A&M BioEnergy Alliance.

"The development of bio-fuels from agricultural feedstock requires a regional approach and research into many alternatives for the long-term energy needs of our country," says Dr. Elsa Murano, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&M University Agriculture and Life Sciences, College Station. "We have been able to capitalize on decades of existing research into sorghum, sugarcane, forage and oil-based cropping systems, which should provide us with premier, dedicated feedstocks for biofuels and renewable energy that are sustainable with existing agricultural production systems."

Chevron is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of today's alternative and renewable energy technologies. Between 2002 and 2006, Chevron spent roughly $2 billion on renewables and alternative energy and energy efficiency initiatives.

Between 2007 and 2009, Chevron expects to spend more than $2.5 billion.

- Christi Scherler is with National Sorghum Producers, Lubbock, Texas.