Diversifying  Sources of Green Fuels -or- Why Waste Carbon When You Can Put It To Good Use?

Created by Josh Kurutz on Dec 29, 2013

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Arlington Heights, IL

Starts at 5:30 PM · Ends on Jan 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Josh Kurutz

The Chicago Section of the ACS, AIChE, and ChemPharma are holding a joint meeting Thursday Jan 16. The Speaker will be Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of Lanza Tech.

Details and registration at: https://putting-carbon-to-use.eventbrite.com

Abstract: Increasingly there is a trend in being able to supply products such as fuels and chemicals that are not only economic, but that address key sustainability criteria. Today there is significant research into improving the overall carbon and energy efficiency of biorefineries to overcome challenges such as high energy demands, high capital costs, poor carbon utilization, or a combination of these factors. There is a potential to overcome these challenges when using wastes and residues to produce fuels and chemicals but commercializing such technologies involves strategic global thinking.

Wastes and residues are produced from a wide range of industries including gaseous waste carbon from industrial processes (steel mills, refineries, ferro-alloy plants and PVC plants) or from thermochemical processes such as gasification of biomass/MSW or reformed natural gas. These are conventionally used as a fuel source or flared before being release as CO2. LanzaTech offers an alternative solution.


The CO, H2, and/or CO2 contained in such feed gas can be fermented via a biocatalyst to fuels/chemicals such as ethanol, acetic acid or butadiene which also serve as building blocks to longer chained hydrocarbon drop-in fuels. LanzaTech’s bio process uses a broad spectrum of gases from a variety of sources and offers superior carbon conversion, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emission performance compared to conventional and emerging routes to the same products.


The pathway to commercialization will be outlined showing how diversity of input gas streams enables the technology to be deployed across a variety of geographies at both a regional and national level, depending on which feedstocks are available.

A diverse product portfolio that includes chemical precursors for the production of plastics, nylon and ‘drop-in’ jet fuel will also be described. This has led to successful partnerships across a variety of sectors including steel, aviation and chemicals.  These commercial and research partners across multiple industries and disciplines globally has helped maintain a level of innovation to continue to deliver an approach that makes intuitive sense the world over – why waste carbon when you can put it to good use?

Arlington Heights, IL