Lanzatech submitted a bid to the UK Department for Transport (DfT) Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C) for partial funding of this facility and has been selected for project development funding with a $ 545,000 grant from the UK government.
London/UK — Lanzatech, Virgin Atlantic and partners are one-step closer to building the world’s first large scale Alcohol to Jet (ATJ) facility producing commercial quantities of fuel in the UK. The commercial facility would convert low carbon ethanol produced from waste emissions, to jet fuel. Earlier this year, ASTM International added ethanol as an approved feedstock in ASTM D7566 Annex A5, the Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons for alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene.
According to Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, this waste to jet fuel project has the potential to help transform the aviation industry by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the air quality around our country’s airports. That is why the British government is was providing support to this technology as part of their $ 29 million of funding for alternative fuels, which would pave the way for clean growth in the UK, the Secretary added.
The project includes partners from each of the required sectors, Aviation (including airline partner Virgin Atlantic, as well as Boeing, Sky NRG, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports), Steel Mill Ethanol Supply (Arcelor Mittal), Technical (Air BP; World Fuel Services; Pacific Northwest national laboratory (PNNL), a US Department of Energy Laboratory), Sustainability (Ecofys, a Navigant Company; the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and Cerulogy) and Site (Tata Steel UK and Greenergy).
A separate Stage 2 Competition in late 2018 will provide funding for project implementation to successful award winners.