LanzaTech, Rentech, ClearFuels Technology, Taurus Energy, SEKAB, Renewable Energy Group win Technology of the Year awards

December 29, 2010 |

In Florida, Biofuels Digest announced that LanzaTech, the partnership of Rentech and ClearFuels Technology, the partnership of Taurus Energy and SEKAB, and Renewable Energy Group won Technology of the Year awards, among this year’s roster of Biofuels Digest Award winners.

Rentech and ClearFuels won for pre-pilot, LanzaTech for pilot-scale, Taurus and SEKAB for demonstration-scale, and Renewable Energy Group for commercial scale technologies.

LanzaTech is commercializing the fermentation of waste steel gases into ethanol and other bio-based chemicals, with a pilot in New Zealand and a forthcoming demonstration of its technology in China.

Rentech and ClearFuels have combined on a gasification and Fisher-Tropsch processing of biomass into synthetic jet or diesel fuels, in a project that will be built at Rentech’s Product demonstration Unit in Colorado, and has been supported by a $23 million grant from the US Department of Energy.

Taurus Energy and SEKAB have combined on a cellulosic ethanol process, using Taurus Energy’s yeast strains and SEKAB’s demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Sweden.

Renewable Energy Group was honored for its novel continuous-flow, multi-feedstock processing technology that has allowed the company to pioneer the acquisition of a wide variety of hard-to-process, low-cost feedstocks such as tallows and yellow grease.

The Biofuels Digest awards, first established in 2008, recognize excellence in the research, development and commercialization of biofuels, renewable chemicals and bio-based products. The awards are voted by the Biofuels Digest editorial board, based on nominations submitted by the Digest’s readership.

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