INVISTA and LanzaTech to collaborate on development of gas-fermentation process technology
13 May 2014
Leading nylon producer INVISTA and LanzaTech signed a research and development agreement focused on the development of gas-fermentation process technology for the production of industrial chemicals from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas feedstocks using proprietary INVISTA host organisms and metabolic pathways. If successful, the first commercialization of this technology is expected as early as 2018.
The new agreement builds on INVISTA’s existing collaborations with LanzaTech (earlier post), and will provide INVISTA increased access to LanzaTech’s gas-fermentation process technology and help accelerate the commercialization of a number of exciting bio-derived processes currently under development at INVISTA’s bioscience laboratory, said Warren Primeaux, president of INVISTA Intermediates.
In 2012, INVISTA and LanzaTech signed a joint development agreement focused on bio-based butadiene, with initial commercialization expected in 2016.
INVISTA believes biotechnology has the potential to significantly improve the cost and availability of several chemicals and raw materials that are used to produce its current products. It views gas fermentation as a key enabling technology that will allow the use of potentially advantaged gas feedstocks—such as waste industrial gases including carbon dioxide.
INVISTA is one of the world’s leading integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, car parts and other products.
Carbon dioxide and hydrogen and carbon monoxide if needed is made in large quantities in the US at Dakota Gasification, and with the large amount of wasted gas from shale oil there, there is a good use of this hydrogen to make ethanol and other chemicals with the use of hydrogen to feed organisms. Fuel to food was tried in the UK with Pruteen; now food to fuel is much more popular. Since only low income people of the world are deprived of inexpensive food so that jet fuel can be made from oil tree plantations or maize. ..HG..
Posted by: Henry Gibson | 13 May 2014 at 01:05 PM
The plant uses lignite coal to produce synthetic natural gas utilizing a coal gasification process.
If you can make CH4 methane, you can make CH3OCH3 DME to make synthetic gasoline then use the extra CO2 to get more oil from fields. Once the oil is extracted the CO2 is sequestered to be use to make future synthetic fuels.
Posted by: SJC | 16 May 2014 at 08:32 AM