DOE Evaluates Technip and LanzaTech for $200 Million ‘Breakthrough’ Technology Prize

Transforming CO2 into sustainable ethylene with LanzaTech and Technip Energies: Potentially receiving up to $200 million in funding

LanzaTech Global Inc. and Technip Energies have been selected to start award negotiations by the U.S. Department of Energy for their joint effort to transform CO2 into sustainable ethylene, potentially receiving up to $200 million in funding. This funding is part of the DOE’s Industrial Demonstrations Program, awarded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

The companies are working on developing CO2-to-ethylene technology that involves capturing flue gas from ethylene crackers’ furnaces and combining it with hydrogen to create ethylene. LanzaTech will use its biorecycling technology to convert recycled waste carbon into ethanol, which will then be transformed into ethylene using Technip Energies’ Hummingbird technology.

Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, expressed the importance of testing and developing this technology at scale to have a significant impact on carbon emissions in the chemicals industry. The process aims to decarbonize ethylene, a crucial building block for various products like plastics, clothing polyester, and PVC pipes.

If awarded, the funding will be used for designing, engineering, constructing, and equipping a commercial-scale integrated technology unit in the U.S. This innovative solution has the potential for replication in ethylene crackers worldwide, with over 40% of existing crackers already utilizing Technip Energies’ technology, including eight in the U.S.

LanzaTech Global Inc.’s CEO Michael Ghez emphasized that this project aligns with their mission of turning waste into value while reducing carbon emissions in various industries.

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with Technip Energies on this groundbreaking project,” said Ghez.

Technip Energies has been working on developing CO2-to-ethylene technologies for several years now and has already deployed them successfully in some parts of Europe.

“We believe that our Hummingbird technology can play a vital role in decarbonizing various industries worldwide,” said Pieton.

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