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Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Globally Diverse Sourcing: The Key To Commercializing Greener Fuels

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Why Waste Carbon When You Can Put It To Good Use?


Jennifer Holmgren

CEO, Lanza Tech


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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?

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is the Chief Executive Officer of LanzaTech. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the energy sector including a proven track record in the development and commercialization of fuels and chemicals technologies. Prior to joining LanzaTech, she was Vice President and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. In that role, she led UOP’s renewable business from its inception through to the achievement of significant revenues from the commercialization of multiple novel biofuels technologies.

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She currently serves on multiple external advisory boards. She is the author or co-author of 50 US patents, 20 scientific publications and is the 2003 recipient of the Council for Chemical Research’s (CCR) Malcolm E. Pruitt Award.

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