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US DOE announces U$14 million investment in demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries

The United States (US) Department of Energy (DOE) has announced U$14 million investment in demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries. This investment, a continuation of a Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) selection, is being negotiated with LanzaTech, Inc., a carbon recycling company.

Alcohol-to-jet production units at LanzaTech Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. (photo courtesy LanzaTech).

Alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) production units at LanzaTech Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia (GA). The United States (US) Department of Energy (DOE) has announced U$14 million investment in demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries. This investment, a continuation of a Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) selection, is being negotiated with LanzaTech (photo courtesy LanzaTech).

The project, the announcement of which was made on October 31, 2019, by Michael Berube, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation at the Advanced Bioenergy Leadership Conference (ABLCNext 2019) in San Francisco, California (CA), will continue the development of LanzaTech’s integrated biorefinery project in Soperton, Georgia (GA).

LanzaTech still has some remaining work to do under the initial award, and we have some negotiations to complete. But we’re very excited about the prospects of this project and what it could mean for demonstrating the viability of drop-in biofuels in the United States, said Berube.

In FY 2015, the Energy Department released the Project Development for Pilot and Demonstration Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and selected two projects in FY 2016 to plan and design demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries.

In their original proposal, LanzaTech brought together a large team to design, construct, and operate an integrated demonstration-scale biorefinery that will use industrial waste gases and other gas sources to produce up to 3 million (US) gallons (≈ 11.3 million litres) per year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels.

LanzaTech and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have already proven the viability of their renewable jet fuel production technology.

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