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LanzaTech and Baosteel waste-gas-to-ethanol pre-commercial facility heading for commercialization phase

LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, and Baosteel, a leading steel producer in China, announced the success of their 100,000 gallon per year (300 tons) pre-commercial plant located at one of Baosteel’s steel mills outside Shanghai, China. (Earlier post.) This plant operates at significantly larger scale than LanzaTech’s pilot facility and test results have shown that the scaling of the technology has been successful.

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which regulates technology in China, sent a review panel to the facility in early November 2012 to review the site and report on the process in detail. The panel reported that the waste-gas-to-ethanol project met international standards regarding gas conversion rates and other technical milestones and that the project can now officially enter the commercialization phase, scaling the process further to make steel mill waste gas-biofuel a commercial reality in China. A full scale commercial facility with Baosteel is planned for 2013.

The Shanghai Baosteel LanzaTech New Energy Co., Ltd, established through a joint venture in March 2011, was created to commercialize LanzaTech’s technology in China. Unconditioned steel mill off-gases rich in carbon monoxide (CO) are channelled from the operating steel mill into a LanzaTech bioreactor, producing ethanol. In the steel industry, LanzaTech adds value to the manufacturing process through the production of clean energy while enabling the facility to reduce its carbon footprint.

The success of this facility will play an important role in the commercialization of clean energy technologies in China. This technology has enormous potential in the Chinese market as it will positively impact our manufacturing sustainability as well as China's new energy development.

—Jia Yanlin, Chairman of Baosteel Metal

Baosteel Group Corporation is a producer of high quality steel products primarily carbon steel, stainless steel and special steel and is China’s most competitive iron and steel enterprise with the highest level of modernization.

In 2011 Baosteel produced about 44.5 million tons of steel annually, ranking it the fourth-largest producer of steel in the world and second largest in China, a country that is both the world’s leading steel producer and steel consumer. The state-owned company has 20 subsidiaries and exports its products to more than 40 countries, including Japan, Europe, South Korea, and the US. Its markets include the appliance, auto, construction, oil, and shipbuilding industries.

Baosteel made its way into the Global Fortune 500 for the ninth consecutive time and ranked 197th in 2012. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Shanghai, China.

LanzaTech is a leader in gas fermentation technology and provides novel and economic routes to fuels and high value chemicals from waste gas streams.


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