• Wed. May 29th, 2024

Breaking the Barrier: LanzaTech and Technip Energies’ Pioneering Carbon-to-Ethylene Technology Secures DOE Funding

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 25, 2024
DOE Evaluates Technip and LanzaTech for $200 Million ‘Breakthrough’ Technology Prize

LanzaTech Global Inc. and Technip Energies have been chosen to commence negotiations with the U.S. Department of Energy regarding 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 collaborating 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 employ its biorecycling technology to convert recycled waste carbon into ethanol, which will then be transformed into ethylene using Technip Energies’ Hummingbird technology.

Technip Energies CEO Arnaud Pieton emphasized the importance of scaling this technology 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 utilized 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.

By Samantha Nguyen

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