Energy Transition

How An Energy Company And A Scale-Up Could Accelerate Green BioFuels And BioChemicals

By recycling carbon from industrial off-gases; syngas generated from biomass resources such as municipal solid waste, organic industrial waste or agricultural waste; and reformed biogas, U.S. scale-up LanzaTech, a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer,  says it can displace 30% of crude oil used today and reduce global CO2 emissions by as much as 10%.

Its patented gas fermentation technology has already stopped over 200,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere, according to the company. The waste carbon emissions are converted into fuels, chemicals and everyday goods, that would otherwise come from fossil resources. Its carbon transformation solution, which can be deployed in any geography using available waste streams, creating new circular models of production and reducing the carbon footprint of the things people use every day, has earned it a place as a finalist for this year’s The Earthshot Prize, a prestigious environmental award  created by the U.K.’s Prince William.  (The winner of the prize will be announced December 2).

Now, with the help of energy company Suncor, LanzaTech is testing a new bioreactor design (pictured here)  that promises greater efficiency and lower operating costs, a significant development that could help make petroleum-free materials and goods more economical.

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.