China Steel approves investment in LanzaTech commercial project

By LanzaTech | April 24, 2015

Taiwan’s largest integrated steel maker, China Steel Corp. has announced formal board approval of a 1,400 million TWD ($46 million USD) capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the revolutionary carbon recycling platform at the White Biotech demonstration plant in Kaohsiung using steel mill off gases for ethanol production.

LanzaTech’s gas fermentation process uses proprietary microbes to capture and reuse carbon rich waste gases, reducing emissions and pollutants from industrial processes such as steel manufacturing, while making fuels and chemicals that displace those made from fossil resources.

In November 2012, CSC and LCY Chemical Corp. formed a joint venture, White Biotech (WBT), as part of a Green Energy Alliance with LanzaTech. The resulting demonstration plant met or exceeded all ethanol production milestones and the CSC Board have formally approved the capital to move to commercial scale. A 17 million gallon per annum facility is planned for construction in Q4 2015, with the intention to scale up to 34 million gallons per annum commercial unit thereafter. Initial product focus will be industrial ethanol and gasoline additives, with plans for increased product diversity utilizing LanzaTech’s unique microbial capability.

“LanzaTech will help create a more sustainable future by recycling carbon from the steel mill and enabling green growth through production of useful everyday products. We will have to work even closer to complete this important project,” said Jo-Chi Tsou,chairman of CSC.

“CSC has long been a champion of utilizing new technologies to create a better future and we are proud to help make this a reality,” said LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren. “We need to keep fossil resources in the ground and carbon recycling is one way we can achieve this. If we are to keep within our global carbon budget we need all technologies to contribute and, more importantly, we need forward looking industries and organizations, such as CSC, to bring these technologies to market.”