October 6, 2008

ExxonMobil, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to Develop Gasification Technology

ExxonMobil has entered into an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to develop next-generation technology to convert coal, coke or biomass to synthesis gas, which could facilitate the use of carbon capture and storage to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power generation.

Under the agreement, the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne will work together to develop and test new gasification technology to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of converting raw materials into gas.

The work focuses on the development of a gasification-reactor system, which has the potential to offer significant advantages compared to conventional approaches.

Work has begun on pilot plants to test the technology at the Gas Technologies Institute in Des Plaines, Illinois, and the Energy and Environmental Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. ExxonMobil is also co-operating with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to assist in identifying potential interested parties for demonstration.

Rich Pisarczyk, president of the ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, said: "Gasification technology has the potential to help with many of our most pressing energy challenges and we are pleased to be involved in this important project. Turning coal and similar energy sources into synthesis gas would allow these sources to be converted into a range of products, including chemicals, transportation fuels and power plant feedstock."