Dr Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech’s chief executive, says the honour is a real tribute to LanzaTech’s international team and the research and development led by chief scientist Dr Sean Simpson in New Zealand.
“LanzaTech has made significant strides in 2010 and this recognition validates our unique gas to fuels and chemicals technology in the Global Cleantech arena,” Dr Holmgren says.
The list is compiled by a 60-strong panel drawn from investors and corporations active in cleantech innovation around the world including Emerald Technology Ventures, Generation Investment Management, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, SAM Private Equity, Sequoia Capital, VantagePoint Venture Partners and BASF, GE, Honeywell, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Siemens and Veolia.
Being named in the Global Cleantech Top 100 comes hard on the heels of Dr Holmgren and Dr Simpson being ranked together at Number 38 on a list of the world’s top bioenergy people. The Biofuels Digest list includes international corporations’ executives, researchers, venture capitalists and politicians.
LanzaTech, which has announced partnerships with China’s Baosteel, Henan Coal and Chemical Industrial Corporation and the Chinese Academy of Sciences this year, was one of 4,616 nominations for the Cleantech Top 100.
A short list of 218 companies was put to the judges by the Cleantech Group, which provides global market research, events and advisory services for the cleantech industry. The list is produced as part of the Global Cleantech 100 program, run in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Guardian News and Media and sponsored by Autodesk.
Richard Youngman, managing director for Europe and vice-president of global research at Cleantech Group, says the top 100 list highlights companies and technology that the global innovation community is excited about from a commercial standpoint.
“There have been significant changes since 2009: more Asian companies and less renewable energy generation companies attest to the growing diversification of cleantech innovation,” Mr Youngman says. “Cleantech is a broader phenomenon than just clean energy. The wider issues of resource scarcity are starting to gain attention and traction.”
LanzaTech, which uses its proprietary microbe to convert waste gases into fuels and chemicals, is attracting global interest for not only producing clean energy, but also for using a countries own low cost sustainable resources, reducing a nation’s carbon footprint.
The full list of Global Cleantech 100 firms is available online, on the websites of the Cleantech Group (http://cleantech.com/GlobalCleantech100.cfm) and the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/globalcleantech100).
About LanzaTech LanzaTech was founded in early 2005 to develop and commercialize proprietary technologies for the production of lowest cost fuel ethanol from carbon monoxide in low-hydrogen waste gases produced by the steel industry. Today the company employs a strong technical team internationally, has a rapidly growing patent portfolio and has adopted an aggressive stage-gated critical path through process piloting to commercialization.
About the Cleantech Group Cleantech Group, the leading global research and advisory firm focused on cleantech innovation, pioneered the clean technology category in 2002. Today, it helps its clients make critical business decisions by providing the latest market intelligence through subscription-based research, custom advisory services, and global networking events. The company’s growing international client base includes global corporations, investors, entrepreneurs, governments, and service providers.