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Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company founded in 2006. Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol and 420,000 ton animal feed plant in California. In 2016 Aemetis announced today the acquisition of exclusive rights to LanzaTech’s patented technology for the conversion of agricultural waste, forest waste, dairy waste and construction and demolition waste (CDW) to ethanol in California.
Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Since 2011, Boeing has supported LanzaTech’s partnership with Virgin Atlantic for production of low carbon jet fuel from LanzaTech derived ethanol.
In 2011, LanzaTech developed a gas-to-jet platform with partner technology to produce economical and sustainable jet fuel from LanzaTech derived alcohols which has met key properties outlined by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The company was selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for funding to optimize its ethanol process to reduce the cost of jet fuel for the military, in support of the military’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint.
In 2011, LanzaTech was awarded $4M by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and renewable Energy for research in producing jet fuel and chemicals from biomass using LanzaTech’s fermentation process, in order to accelerate the US ability to meet its renewable fuel targets. In 2016 LanzaTech was selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (
In 2011 LanzaTech was awarded a $3M grant by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for a project that will use heavy industry gases and synthesis gas derived from lignin, a by-product of cellulosic ethanol, to produce jet fuel. As part of this project, LanzaTech and their project partner will also be providing the AFRL 100+ gallons of fully synthetic jet fuel for fit for purpose testing.
In 2012, LanzaTech partnered with INVISTA to develop one-step and two-step technologies to convert industrial waste gas carbon monoxide into butadiene. The collaboration will initially focus on the production of butadiene in a 2-step process from LanzaTech CO-derived 2,3-butanediol (2,3 BDO). A direct single step process will be also be developed to produce butadiene directly through a process of gas fermentation. INVISTA and LanzaTech will also collaborate on the joint development of tools that will allow the extension of this technology for the direct production of other industrial chemicals, including nylon intermediates from carbon doxide and hydrogen.
With leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER® and ANTRON®, INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers.
In 2011, Lanzatech developed a gas-to-jet platform with partner technology to produce economical and sustainable jet fuel from LanzaTech derived alcohols which has met key properties outlined by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The company was selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for funding to optimize its ethanol process to reduce the cost of jet fuel for the military, in support of the military’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint.
Michigan Technological University is a leader in science, engineering and technology degree programs. Since 2011, LanzaTech has worked with Michigan Technological University in assessing the life cycle benefits of the LanzaTech process.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working with LanzaTech to help develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel, a novel approach that if successful could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower dependence on foreign oil. The proposal – to develop a microbe that eats the methane in the gas – won a $4.8 million Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) award from DOE. NREL’s award was announced as one of 66 OPEN 2012 projects, which focus on a wide array of technologies, including advanced fuels, advanced vehicle design and materials, building efficiency, carbon capture, grid modernization, renewable power, and energy storage.
LanzaTech is working with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on converting some of LanzaTech’s products to drop in jet fuel. LanzaTech has existing collaborations with PNNL and teams at Tsinghua University and the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), which are performing techno-economic and life cycle evaluations. The results of these studies will also contribute to the jet fuel project
The University of Delaware is providing additional research for LanzaTech and Imperium Renewables drop in jet fuel project.
LanzaTech is developing the first half of the process, which converts biomass to intermediates such as alcohols, while PNNL is working with Imperium to convert the alcohols produced by LanzaTech into a renewable drop-in jet fuel. The University of Delaware and Michigan Technological University are providing additional research.
Founded in 1980, WTI has provided more than $3 billion of debt and equity capital to technology and life science companies ranging from early-stage private companies to publicly-traded companies, including Facebook, Google and Juniper Networks.
In 2012, LanzaTech secured $15M in debt financing from WTI.
Global Bioenergies and LanzaTech have a partnership to examine whether Global Bioenergies’ pathway, leading to the direct production of isobutene, can be functionally transferred into LanzaTech’s carbon monoxide using organism. Global Bioenergies’ core technology consists in a proprietary artificial pathway allowing the direct fermentative production of isobutene from renewable resources. This pathway has so far been expressed in a classical production microorganism using carbohydrates such as glucose as feedstock.
Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech have partnered to present a breakthrough in aviation fuel technology that will see waste gases from industrial steel production being captured, fermented and chemically converted using partner technology for use as a jet fuel. The revolutionary fuel production process recycles waste gases that would otherwise be burnt into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. In 2013 LanzaTech and Virgin Atlantic won the Observer Ethical Partnership Award.
Primetals Technologies and LanzaTech have signed a ten-year co-operation agreement to develop and market integrated environmental solutions for the steel industry worldwide. The collaboration will utilize the ground-breaking fermentation technology developed by LanzaTech transforming carbon-rich off-gases generated by the steel industry into low carbon bioethanol and other platform chemicals. Primetals Technologies and LanzaTech will work together on process integration and optimization, and on the marketing and realization of customer projects. Separately, Siemens is a strategic investor in LanzaTech.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is an international initiative that brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organizations, experts, governments, and inter-governmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biomaterials production and processing. LanzaTech is actively involved with the RSB and in 2013 and in 2015 the Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co. Ltd earned a sustainability certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Services Foundation for the joint venture’s waste steel mill gas to biofuel plant. It is the first RSB-certified biofuel plant in China, and the first to receive this certification for industrial carbon capture and utilization.
Evonik Industries is an industrial corporation headquartered in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,one of the world´s leading specialty chemicals companies, owned by RAG Foundation. In 2013, LanzaTech and Evonik signed a three year research cooperation agreement that will combine Evonik;s existing biotechnology platforms with LanzaTech’s synthetic biology and gas fermentation expertise for the development of a route to bio-processed precursers for specialty plastics from waste derived synthesis gas.
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 19 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.
In 2015 ArcelorMittal entered into a letter of intent with LanzaTech to construct Europe’s first-ever commercial scale production facility to create bioethanol from waste gases produced during the steelmaking process. The first commercial facility will be in Ghent, Belgium.
IndianOil is India’s largest national oil company and its leading refiner and marketer of petroleum products. IndianOil is partnering with LanzaTech and Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) to explore how to leverage their resources to implement a commercial scale ethanol plant using LanzaTech’s technology to process waste gases from a Jindal steel mill. The fuel ethanol produced by the plant would be blended into IndianOil’s gasoline pool. LanzaTech and IndianOil also have an ongoing collaborative effort to convert CO2 to lipids, integrating LanzaTech’s CO2 to acetate fermentation technology with a secondary fermentation process being developed by IndianOil for conversion of acetate to Omega 3 rich lipids. In 2017 LanzaTech and IndianOil signed a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery off gas-to-
Baosteel Group Corporation is one of China’s leading steel producers. The Shanghai Baosteel LanzaTech New Energy Co., Ltd, established through a joint venture in March 2011, was created to commercialize LanzaTech’s technology in China. In 2012, LanzaTech announced the successful operation of a 100,000 gallon per year (300 tons) pre-commercial plant located at one of Baosteel’s steel mills outside Shanghai, China. Full commercial operation is targeted for 2015.
One of China’s oldest enterprises, leading steel producer Shougang Group and its partner in New Zealand Shougang TangMing have a joint venture agreement with LanzaTech. The Beijing Shougang LanzaTech New Energy Science & Technology Co. Ltd was established in 2011. The 100,000 gallon per year (300 tons) pre-commercial plant located at one of Shougang’s steel mills outside Beijing, China received a world first sustainability certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials in 2013 and 2015. The first commercial plant with LanzaTech will be operational in 2018.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), is a national scientific think tank and academic governing body, providing advisory and appraisal services on issues stemming from the national economy, social development, and science and technology progress. Since 2010, LanzaTech has been working with CAS with an aim to study and improve LanzaTech’s process, and apply it to similar products, including fuels derived from biomass and other organic waste.
Qiming Venture Partners is a leading investment firm in China and currently manages four funds with over $1.1 billion in assets. In 2010, Qiming Ventures led LanzaTech’s $18M Series B funding round and they have continued to invest in subsequent rounds, most recently taking part in LanzaTech’s $60M Series D Round in 2014. Founder, Gary Rieschel is on the LanzaTech Board.
Qiming Venture Partners is a leading investment firm in China and currently manages four funds with over $1.1 billion in assets. In 2010, Qiming Ventures led LanzaTech’s $18M Series B funding round and they have continued to invest in subsequent rounds, most recently taking part in LanzaTech’s $60M Series D Round in 2014.
Founder, Gary Rieschel is on the LanzaTech Board.
In 2012, LanzaTech and Petronas, the national oil company of Malaysia signed an agreement to work together to accelerate the development and commercialization of technologies to produce sustainable chemicals from carbon dioxide (CO2) and natural gas. In 2012, Petronas also took part in LanzaTech’s $60M Series C investment round.
In 2011, LanzaTech signed an MOU with Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute, part of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Under the agreement, MGSSI introduce LanzaTech’s proprietary gas fermentation technology throughout the Mitsui Group. LanzaTech has a separate MOU with Mitsui & Co. Plant Systems, Ltd. (MPS) – Mitsui’s engineered plants business group.
MGSSI and MPS will play a strategic role leveraging Mitsui’s global position in a variety of industrial sectors, identifying value added opportunities for the application of LanzaTech’s process. In 2014, Mitsui &Co., Ltd led LanzaTech’s $60M Series D funding round.
Toru Ryso of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is on LanzaTech’s Board.
New Zealand Steel Limited is New Zealand’s sole producer of flat rolled steel products for the building, construction, manufacturing and agricultural industries. At the Glenbrook steel mill about 60 kilometres south of Auckland, LanzaTech constructed its Pilot Plant in 2008. The plant is still operational today.
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund is a NZ$27 billion sovereign wealth fund established by the New Zealand Government to partially pre-fund the future cost of universal pension payments. A long-term, growth-oriented investor, the Fund has returned 9.9% p.a. since inception in 2003. The Fund is managed by the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, a Crown entity. The fund made a US$60 million equity investment in LanzaTech in 2014.
K1W1 Ltd is an investment company owned by Sir Stephen Tindall. It has invested over a total of $100M Seed and Venture capital into a large number of start-up and early stage businesses from Biotech, environmental technology, high tech, software and other high export potential businesses. The aim is, either directly or as a “fund of funds” to assist young entrepreneurs to grow New Zealand as a leader in the “knowledge economy” and to help create a culture of making New Zealand “cash flow positive” in international goods and services trade. K1W1 was one of LanzaTech’s first investors and continues to invest in LanzaTech.
LanzaTech has partnered with enzyme engineers in the University of Otago’s Department of Biochemistry. Together, the team are identifying and optimizing the enzymes required to produce platform chemicals (isopropanol, MEK, butanol) from the LanzaTech microbe