China Steel Green-Lights Commercial-Scale LanzaTech Advanced Biofuels Project
by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Taiwan, China Steel Corporation announced formal Board approval of a $46M capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the revolutionary carbon recycling platform at the White Biotech Demonstration Plant in Kaohsiung using steel mill off gases for ethanol production.
As CEO Jennifer Holmgren tells the Digest, “the problem one always has in scaling is getting someone to agree to be the first. We now have another partner that is interested in scaling our technology. When you license technology – you need to scale more than at one facility to get the revenues you need to become self sufficient and therefore having multiple units on track to scale up is important.”
In November 2012, CSC and LCY Chemical Corporation formed a joint venture, White Biotech, as part of a Green Energy Alliance with LanzaTech. The resulting demonstration plant met or exceeded all ethanol production milestones and the CSC Board have formally approved the capital to move to commercial scale.
A 50,000 MT (17M gallons) per annum facility is planned for construction in Q4 2015, with the intention to scale up to a 100,000 MT (34M gallons) per annum commercial unit thereafter.
Initial product focus will be industrial ethanol and gasoline additives, with plans for increased product diversity utilizing LanzaTech’s unique microbial capability. READ MORE