Awards: 2011

December 2011

LanzaTech Wins Red Herring Global 100 Award

Red Herring Global is the culmination of a year's work of scouring thousands of privately held companies from around the world. The pool of candidates for the award are the top private companies from the Regional competitions in Europe, North America, and Asia.

December 2011

LanzaTech Wins 2011 Platts Global Energy Award

LanzaTech wins Sustainable Technology Innovation of the Year at the Platts Global Energy Awards in New York.


November 2011

Ranked 8th in Hottest 50 Bioenergy Companies
Ranked 27th in Hot 30 Renewable Chemicals Companies



October 2011
LanzaTech wins Global Cleantech Top 100 and “Company of the Year Asia Pacific” for 2011.

LanzaTech : the clean energy technology firm has not only retained its spot in the prestigious Global Cleantech Top 100, but also been named “Company of the Year Asia Pacific” for 2011.

“Being named in the Top 100 list for the second year running, and now as Asia Pacific Company of the Year, recognises the potential LanzaTech has to make a real impact on the world’s energy future,” Dr Holmgren says.

The Global Cleantech Top 100 list focuses on private clean technology companies considered to be most likely to make the most significant market impact over the next five to 10 years. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, Cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange. A total of 4,274 companies were nominated this year from more than 45 countries.

October 2011
Best Innovation by an SME

A highly efficient route to carbon capture and re-use producing high-value chemicals and fuels

LanzaTech has been judged to have shown the “Best Innovation by an SME” in the global ICIS Innovations Awards 2011.

Environmental considerations played a key part in all the winning entries in the ICIS Awards. John Baker, global editor at ICIS, says this year there was an emphasis on bio-based technologies, designed to replace oil and gas feedstocks in the chemical industry or reduce carbon emissions. No fewer than seven of the 14 short-listed entries involved bio-based technologies.

LanzaTech’s innovation caught the judges' eyes as it successfully incorporates synthesis-gas technology and bioprocessing to give an economically robust route to carbon capture and re-use.

One of the ICIS Awards judges, Dr Gregg Zank who is chief technology officer at Dow Corning, said LanzaTech’s technology had the potential to be disruptive in the long term, especially if it could develop or modify the organisms further to increase the range of chemicals produced. "There is a lot of novelty here," he said.

Another judge, Dr Adrian Higson from the UK Centre for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials, said LanzaTech’s marriage of thermoprocessing and bio-processing gives LanzaTech a flexible platform.

Dr. Sean Simpson was named NZ Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Technology and Emerging Business Category
Double Win for LanzaTech

2011 NZBIO Company of the Year

Cofounder and chief scientist Dr. Sean Simpson won the NZBIO 2011 Young Biotechnologist of the Year Award


2011 Frost & Sullivan Global Green Excellence Award for Technology Innovation in Green Chemistry

September 2011

LanzaTech Selected by AlwaysOn as a GoingGreen Global 200 Winner: Recognized for creating new opportunities in green technology

Inclusion in the GoingGreen Global 200 “signifies leadership among its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players” according to AlwaysOn’s citation.

The GoingGreen Global 200 winners were selected from among thousands of domestic and international greentech technology companies nominated by investors, bankers, journalists, and greentech industry insiders.

LanzaTech was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.



May 2011

LanzaTech has won a TiE50 Award recognising 2011’s top Energy technology start up companies.

TiE is Silicon Valley’s premier annual awards program keenly contested by thousands of technology startups worldwide. This year, the TiE50 Awards Program recognized the top technology startups from the following segments: Internet (including Social Networking), Energy (including Cleantech), Wireless/Mobile, Software (including Cloud Computing), and Life Sciences.


LanzaTech has added another global award to its growing list of accolades – a global Red Herring Top 100, which recognises LanzaTech as one of the 100 most innovative new technology companies.

Red Herring brings together industry leaders, venture capitalists and other financiers, entrepreneurs and companies from around the world to explore the strategic shifts and disruptions that new technologies will have across all continents. It identifies critical trends shaping the future of technology.