LanzaTech is planning to launch a full scale commercial facility in 2013 after getting the go-ahead from regulators.
Its 100,000 gallon/year waste-gas-to-ethanol pre-commercial facility in China has exceeded productivity expectations and hit some major milestones; LanzaTech said the facility operates at significantly larger scale than its pilot plant in New Zealand and test results have shown that the scaling of the technology has been successful.
The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which regulates technology in China, sent a review panel to the facility in early November to review the site and report on the process in detail. The panel reported the waste-gas-to-ethanol project clearly met international standards regarding gas conversion rates and other technical milestones and the project can now officially enter the commercialisation phase, scaling the process further to make steel mill waste gas-biofuel a commercial reality in China.
“Scaling new technologies can be a daunting process, but our teams have worked well together and we have made great progress. With the successful completion of this demonstration milestone we are now ready to scale to commercial production facilities,” LanzaTech chief executive Jennifer Holmgren said.
A joint venture company, The Shanghai Baosteel LanzaTech New Energy Company Ltd was established in March 2011 to commercialise LanzaTech’s technology in China.
Jia Yanlin, chairman of Baosteel Metal, said the success of the facility would play an important role in the commercialisation of clean energy technologies in China.
“This technology has enormous potential in the Chinese market as it will positively impact our manufacturing sustainability as well as China's new energy development."