May 20, 2024 12:01 am
DOE Evaluates Technip and LanzaTech for $200 Million ‘Breakthrough’ Technology Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global Inc. have been selected to start award negotiations for funding up to $200 million for their joint effort to transform CO2 into sustainable ethylene. This project is part of the DOE’s Industrial Demonstrations Program, awarded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

The two companies are working together on developing a CO2-to-ethylene technology that captures flue gas from ethylene crackers’ furnaces and combines it with hydrogen to create ethylene. LanzaTech will use 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 testing and developing this technology at scale 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 used 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.

Overall, this project represents a major step forward in reducing carbon emissions in the chemicals industry by turning CO2 into sustainable ethylene through innovative technologies like those developed by Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global Inc.

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