Earlier this year, LanzaTech and Baosteel reported their jointly-owned 100,000 gallon per year (300 tons) demonstration plant, located at a Baosteel steel mills outside Shanghai, China has met and exceeded milestones – the companies are reporting that the plant achieved higher productivity than design.
A full scale commercial facility with Baosteel is planned for 2013 – and LanzaTech is currently commissioning a second pre-commercial facility, also in China, based on a JV with China’s Shougang Group, aimed also to follow with a commercial production facility in 2013.
Now, let’s put that in perspective. A few years back, people thought that the idea of making renewable fuels from steel mill off-gases was, well, lunacy. Couldn’t be done at all, much less on a timeline, at costs that afforded some payback at the end of the day. Well, here we are in 2012, with deonstration of the technology completed, running – and commercial deployment scheduled for next year. Amazing – and a tribute to what partnership between visionary technology and feedstock suppliers can mean.
READ MORE: All about the project, here.
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