Coal to Fuel LanzaTech Enters Chinese Coal to Fuel Project

Editor: Dominik Stephan

LanzaTech will provide biological fermentation technology for a new joint coal to fuel operation in Shandong, East China.

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Shanghai/PR China – New Zealand's LanzaTech will supply technology for a joint coal to fuel project with the Yankuang Group, one of China's largest coal producers. The operation will combine LanzaTech's biological fermentation process and synthesis gas from a Yankuang coal gasification unit. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in front of US Ambassador Gary Locke as part of a US Trade Mission to Shandong Province.

Dr James Zhang, Vice President of lanzaTech, says the agreement with Yankuang highlights China's commitment to the development of clean energy solutions: "Deployment of this technology throughout China presents an exciting opportunity for promoting sustainable industry and we see China's lead in this as reflective of its continued commitment to green growth," he said.

LanzaTech has already successfully proven its proprietary gas fermentation platform can be used to convert biomass syngas at laboratory scale and envisages a demonstration facility will be operational by the second half of 2012.

Zhang Minglin, Group Vice-President of Yankuang Group, said after the MoU signing: "Our goal is to adjust coal chemical production structure and increase the efficiency of our process, by reducing our carbon footprint while maintaining growth. There is increased interest in China in coal-chemical development that is in line with China's energy and environmental plan."