LanzaTech is partnering with the Energy Department’s Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to build and operate a pre-pilot facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
This will be made from biogenic waste carbon dioxide (CO2) such as is emitted from corn refining, and renewable hydrogen (H2).
LanzaTech will use renewable power from an onsite solar farm at the Soperton site to show how efficient CO2 conversion with their technology can produce the equivalent of 35 gal/day of fuel.
The collaboration between LanzaTech, ANL, and LanzaJet, will support The White House’s goal in replacing all jet fuel with sustainable alternatives.
The technology has the potential to produce billions of gallons of domestic low-carbon SAF from the CO2 emitted by existing US corn ethanol plants, with GHG savings of near 100% relative to fossil jet fuel.
Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy, said: “Decarbonising transportation – particularly planes and ships that are difficult to electrify – is an essential part of the path to a net-zero carbon future. These investments mobilize industries to join this effort, which will create new, good-paying jobs across the biofuels, chemical, and agricultural supply chains and boost economic activity in rural economies.”
Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, added: “Our partnership with Argonne Labs comes at a critical time in our global fight to bend our carbon curve. This is our opportunity to decarbonize the aviation industry using the very problem that is causing climate change.
“With the support of the US government, we will be able to produce SAF in Soperton, Georgia, and create a powerful new sustainable industry that refines CO2, delivers on US climate targets, and establishes the US as a global leader in sustainable aviation. LanzaTech is ready for the challenge, and we are grateful to the DoE for this opportunity.”
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