Hunterdon Commissioners View Alternative Energy Future With Scientists at ExxonMobil in Annandale
Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners Director Susan J. Soloway, Commissioner Zachary T. Rich, and County Administrator Kevin P. Davis learned about the extensive scientific research being by ExxonMobil at the company’s global research campus in Annandale, during a stop on October 8 as part of the Director’s on-going community tour highlighting Hunterdon County.
Director Soloway said, “Not only is ExxonMobil a major employer in the county, but it is fascinating to learn that the nearly 1,000 scientists, engineers and technicians on the Annandale campus are working to develop the next generation of energy solutions. We had the opportunity to see firsthand some of the breakthrough innovations underway.”
Commissioner Rich stated, “The company is not just preparing for a future with alternative energy resources, it is leading the way in the industry through its scientific research taking place right here in Hunterdon County. We are proud the company chooses Hunterdon County for this far reaching and important work.”
ExxonMobil’s Annandale campus has been the company’s center of fundamental research and science innovation for the past thirty-eight years.
The Hunterdon officials learned that ExxonMobil scientists, engineers and technicians at the site are working to develop the next generation of energy solutions to address hard to decarbonize sectors such as commercial transportation, power generation and manufacturing.
The Commissioners and County Administrator met with scientists focused on carbonate fuel cells for carbon capture, electrochemical cell battery storage, algae biofuels, and advanced genomics for nature-based carbon capture.
ExxonMobil’s deep connection to Hunterdon County traces back decades. Standard Oil of New Jersey, which became Exxon, had its statutory headquarters in Hunterdon County for many years, and the company annually held its shareholder meetings at the Palace Theater for 15 years in the early part of the last century.
The Director’s community tour, which is highlighting commerce, agriculture, and community achievements around Hunterdon County, has included stops in Raritan, Clinton, and Readington Townships, recognizing all three communities designated as the safest towns in which to live in New Jersey.