Biofuels Digest’s 2012 Partnership of the Year Award: BaoSteel, LanzaTech

December 31, 2012 |

BD-2012-AwardsEarlier 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.

The Complete 2012 Biofuels Digest Awards

Best Project – Thermochemical
Best Project – Fermentation
Best Project – Hybrid
Best Project (demonstration)
Best Project (pilot)

Best Technology Extension
Best New Fuel
Best Retrofit
Process Improvement
Pretreatment Technology

Yield Improvement
Industrial Symbiosis
New Trait
New Feedstock
New Feedstock (Demonstration)

New Feedstock (Trial)
Consumer Product of the Year (biobased)
Consumer Product of the Year (biofuels)
Partnership of the Year
Special Editor’s Award – Comeback of the year

Special Editor’s Award – Sustainable technology
Book of the Year

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