Simply said, LanzaTech’s platform takes pollution and recycles it, eliminating single-use carbon. More specifically, LanzaTech captures carbon monoxide from waste gas streams of industrial factories, i.e. steel mills, and add proprietary ethanol-resistant bacterium Clostridium autoethanogenum to produce ethanol or chemicals. Other examples of technology applications include gasification and conversion of biomass from unsorted household waste, more sustainable aviation fuel (alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosen) or conversion to polyethylene consumer goods. The company is also working on producing 2,3-butanediol or isopropanol through gaseous fermentation carried out be acetogenic bacteria.
When a product has reached the end of its useful life, it can go unsorted and uncleaned to a LanzaTech facility and be recycled repeatedly without losing any of the properties of the original material, Novo Holdings said in a press release. This would lock carbon into a cycle and would support a transition to a circular economy.
Novo Holdings’ investment will expand LanzaTech’s carbon recycling platform and enable LanzaTech to accelerate the commercialization of Carbon Smart™ products creating consumer demand for products made from recycled carbon.
LanzaTech views carbon as a feedstock opportunity with the potential to displace 30% of crude oil use today and reduce global CO2 emissions by 10%. By recycling carbon from industrial off-gases; syngas generated from any biomass resource (e.g. municipal solid waste (MSW), organic industrial waste, agricultural waste); and reformed biogas, LanzaTech supports reduction of emissions and production for a circular carbon economy. LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology is like retrofitting a brewery onto an emission source like a steel mill or a landfill site, but instead of using sugars and yeast to make beer, pollution is converted by bacteria to fuels and chemicals.