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Energy Research & Innovation

At our 440-acre Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, we look for every possible way to meet the world’s energy needs today while finding new ways to provide energy tomorrow. By continually advancing our technologies and processes, the Energy Research & Innovation team supports our existing operations while positioning all of us for a more sustainable future.

Energy Transition

From Vision to Action

It’s about today and tomorrow. By exploring new avenues of energy generation, storage and access, we balance efficiency and sustainability in order to keep meeting the needs of an ever-changing world.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Reliable, Efficient Power for Remote Areas

A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a ceramic device that directly converts chemical energy from fuel gases such as natural gas into electricity at very high efficiencies with low emissions.

Renewable Fuels

Sustainable, Efficient Energy for Vehicles

As the transportation energy market evolves, we are exploring, developing and advancing new opportunities in sustainable fuels. This research has included drop-in liquid fuels from solid biomass or solid waste streams, renewable hydrogen and alternative high-octane fuel blend stocks.

Batteries

Portable, Reliable, Long-Lasting Energy

The battery industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds, and our efforts to develop high-performing battery materials from low-value refinery streams are providing more answers for this revolution.

Environmental Stewardship

Helping Ensure a Better Future

We enhance company sustainability by exploring renewable fuels and reducing our environmental footprint in the air and water.

Air

Reducing Emissions for Better Quality

Air quality issues are complex, but understanding the sources, dispersion and reactions of emissions is critical for environmental stewardship. Our Air Research team works to advance the fundamental understanding of atmospheric science and emissions at Phillips 66. The findings lead to better operations and improvements in the air quality in the communities where we work.

Water

Improved Quality for a Critical Resource

Water is an important resource both for our businesses and for the communities where we live and work. The Water Research team works to develop technologies and strategies to ensure water resource sustainability. For example, our microbiology lab uses state-of-the-art technology to study microorganisms and enhance their performance in wastewater treatment plants, improving the quality of water discharged from facilities.

SeRT®

Efficiently and Effectively Limiting Byproducts

Phillips 66 has developed sorbent-based technology as a very cost-effective solution for refineries to meet regulatory limits on the discharge of selenium, a byproduct of the refining process. Our SeRT® technology offers a simple, low-cost process that looks and runs like many other refinery processes and is not workforce intensive. Phillips 66 offers consulting services in selenium separation and licensing of technology for selenium removal.

SERT® TECHNOLOGY

Operating Excellence

Safety and Reliability Overall

We support and improve our existing business by creating and applying advanced analytical capabilities, conducting catalyst characterizations and process modeling.