New Zealand business LanzaTech has received a US$3 million grant from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to speed up the commercial accessibility of the next advancement in alternative aviation fuel.
LanzaTech’s clean energy technology has a low production cost and utilises the waste from gas resources to make sustainable alcohol and chemicals.
These by-products are completely unrelated to the food chain and biofuels that have been criticised for taking up land that could be used for food production.
The alcohols are converted using technology from Swedish partner Biofuels into an equivalent of petroleum jet fuel.
“We will introduce new fuel feedstock resources that can be used to enable both military and civilian aviation sectors to meet their carbon and cost goals,” said Dr Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech’s chief executive.
The programme would provide critical fuel data and assessment of US production opportunities, she said.
Swedish Biofuels managing director Professor Angelica Hull said the pathway to creating jet fuel with alcohol as an intermediate was proving to be a "versatile way of producing advanced hydrocarbon fuels".
Backed by global investment and with a technical team based in the US, China and New Zealand, LanzaTech has a rapidly growing patent portfolio and is focusing on upscaling its commercial production.
Its partner Swedish Biofuels specialises in the research, development, and deployment of alternative fuels for the transport industry from a wide variety of nonfood feedstocks.