LanzaTech and PNNL to convert syngas to drop in jet fuel

LanzaTech is to work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on converting some of LanzaTech’s products to drop in jet fuel.

LanzaTech’s clean energy technology can produce 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD), an oxygenate which can be used to make hydrocarbon fuels - true drop in fuels that can replace diesel, jet fuel and gasoline - and high value chemicals.

Drop in fuel is a key enabler in the biofuel industry says Dr Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech’s chief executive.

“The US has spent billions on its existing petroleum infrastructure and to redesign airline jet engines costs in the realm of hundreds of millions of dollars,” Dr Holmgren says. “The biofuels that will succeed must be compatible with existing engines, pipelines and refineries. LanzaTech’s integration of the fuels and chemicals value chain enables economic viability, as well as being environmentally sound.”

The cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between LanzaTech and PNNL has been given final approval by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The first phase of the CRDA work will be done over one year, with the DOE funding PNNL and LanzaTech making an “in-kind” contribution.

Existing LanzaTech and PNNL collaborations with teams at Tsinghua University and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), which are performing techno-economic and life cycle evaluations, will also contribute to the work.

About LanzaTech Limited

LanzaTech was founded in early 2005 to develop and commercialize proprietary technologies for the production of lowest cost fuel ethanol from gases produced by the steel industry. LanzaTech has expanded the focus of its process development program to include other industrial off gases and synthesis gas from gasification. The company employs a strong technical team internationally, has a rapidly growing patent portfolio. LanzaTech is moving quickly to commercialize its technology in China, taking its process from pilot to commercial scale.

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a national laboratory of the US Department of Energy Office of Science, where interdisciplinary teams advance science and technology and deliver solutions to America’s most intractable problems in energy, the environment and national security. PNNL employs 4, 900 staff, has an annual budget of nearly US$1 billion, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since 1965.

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