BP Biofuels teams up with Texas research body on biofuel feedstock
Aug 16, 2012 - BP Biofuels, a unit of UK oil and gas group BP plc (LON:BP), is to cooperate with a Texas research agency on the development of advanced biofuel feedstocks.
The company and Texas AgriLife Research, part of The Texas A&M University System, have agreed to develop and commercialise cellulosic feedstocks for advanced biofuels, under a three-year collaboration, announced this week.
The partnership will make use of AgriLife Research's high biomass energy crop breeding programme and the fact that BP Biofuels is one of a small number of global energy companies that grow crops for the production of liquid fuels on commercial scale, the announcement says.
The project consists of two components. One is plant breeding, where the focus will be on developing new types of pearl-millet napiergrass, kinggrass, energy cane and miscane that are suitable for the production of cellulosic biofuel feedstock along the US Gulf Coast, and the other is production agronomics. The integration of the two components will allow the partners to create elite genetics and production guidelines for prospective growers, they say.