LanzaTech, a company that develops and commercializes technologies for the production of fuel ethanol from gases produced by steel industry, has planned to work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to convert syngas to drop in jet fuel, a key enabler in the biofuel industry .

The agreement will enable LanzaTech to leverage PNNL’s support to advance its energy technology that can produce 2, 3-Butanediol oxygenate used to make hydrocarbon fuel, a drop in fuel that can replace diesel, jet fuel and gasoline and high value chemicals.

The cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) between LanzaTech and PNNL has been approved by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the first phase of the CRDA work will be done over one year, with the DOE funding.

The research teams at Tsinghua University and the China National Offshore Oil (CNOOC), which are performing techno-economic and life cycle evaluations under existing collaborations with LanzaTech and PNNL, will also contribute to the biofuel project.

LanzaTech CEO, Dr Jennifer Holmgren said that the US has spent billions on its existing petroleum infrastructure and to redesign airline jet engines costs in the realm of hundreds of millions of dollars.

“The biofuels that will succeed must be compatible with existing engines, pipelines and refineries. LanzaTech’s integration of the fuels and chemicals value chain enables economic viability, as well as being environmentally sound,” Holmgren said.