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USA: Green Fuels Technip FMC’s Technology Selected for Developing Sustainable Aviation Fuel

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Technip FMC’s proprietary Hummingbird ethanol-to-ethylene technology has been finalised by Lanza Tech to manufacture sustainable aviation fuel. The technology will be used to produce 10 million gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel and renewable diesel.

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The sustainable technologies will be deployed in a Lanza Jet first commercial demonstration scale integrated biorefinery at Lanza Tech’s Freedom Pines site in Georgia, USA.
The sustainable technologies will be deployed in a Lanza Jet first commercial demonstration scale integrated biorefinery at Lanza Tech’s Freedom Pines site in Georgia, USA.
(Source: Technip FMC)

UK – Technip FMC has recently announced that its proprietary Hummingbird ethanol-to-ethylene technology has been selected by Lanza Tech for a key application which, when combined with Lanza Tech’s Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology, can be used to manufacture sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using ethanol as raw material. Lanza Tech’s spin off sustainable aviation fuel company, Lanza Jet, is the exclusive licensor of the Lanza Tech ATJ technology.

These sustainable technologies will be deployed in a Lanza Jet first commercial demonstration scale integrated biorefinery at Lanza Tech’s Freedom Pines site in Soperton, Georgia, USA, that will produce 10 million gallons per year of SAF and renewable diesel starting from sustainable ethanol sources. The facility which is partially funded by the US Department of Energy and leverages technology developed by Pacific Norwest National Lab (PNNL) will be in production in early 2022. The combination of these technologies will provide strong validation of the bio and circular economies in action.

For Technip FMC, this is the first commercial-scale application of the Hummingbird sustainable ethanol-to-ethylene technology. Technip FMC’s Hummingbird is a leading technology based on a simple low-cost process for dehydrating ethanol to ethylene. A key aspect of this advanced technology is its proprietary catalyst resulting in a lower temperature, higher pressure, and more selective process compared to traditional ethanol dehydration processes that use alumina-based catalysts.

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Stan Knez, Senior Vice-President Process Technology, Technip Energies, commented: “We are pleased that Lanza Tech has selected our Hummingbird technology, which is a part of our sustainable chemistry portfolio, aimed at supporting our clients to achieve their energy transition targets in the biochemicals market. The Hummingbird bioethylene provides companies an alternative chemical pathway as a building block for a biorefinery.”

Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of Lanza Tech, said: “Ethanol, which can be produced from a variety of locally available waste resources, is an ideal substrate for the production of sustainable fuels and chemical building blocks. With the Hummingbird technology we have a carbon efficient pathway to SAF via ATJ for a sector in need of reducing their emissions, building resilience and energy security.”

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