DOE Evaluates Technip and LanzaTech for $200 Million ‘Breakthrough’ Technology Prize

Transforming CO2 into Sustainable Ethylene: Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global’s $200 Million Award from DOE’s Industrial Demonstrations Program

In a bid to transform CO2 into sustainable ethylene, Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global Inc. have been awarded up to $200 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Energy. This funding is part of the DOE’s Industrial Demonstrations Program, which was awarded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

The companies are collaborating on developing CO2-to-ethylene technology that captures flue gas from ethylene crackers’ furnaces and combines it with hydrogen to create ethylene. LanzaTech will use its biorecycling technology to convert recycled waste carbon into ethanol, which will then be transformed into ethylene using Technip Energies’ Hummingbird technology.

Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, emphasized the importance of testing and developing this technology at scale to have a significant impact on carbon emissions in the chemicals industry. The process aims to decarbonize ethylene, a critical building block for various products such as plastics, clothing polyester, and PVC pipes.

If awarded, the funding will be used for designing, engineering, constructing, and equipping a commercial-scale integrated technology unit in the U.S. This innovative solution has the potential for replication in ethylene crackers worldwide, with over 40% of existing crackers already utilizing Technip Energies’ technology, including eight in the U.S.

This collaboration between two leading companies is an exciting step towards creating a more sustainable future for the chemicals industry. By transforming CO2 into ethicalane and reducing carbon emissions from this critical industry sector, we can take another step towards mitigating climate change and building a better world for future generations.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act have provided significant support for innovation in energy efficiency technologies like CO2-to-ethylene conversion processes. This funding will help accelerate research and development efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes like those found in chemical manufacturing plants.

Overall, this project represents an important milestone in advancing sustainable practices within the chemicals industry while also providing economic benefits through increased efficiency and reduced costs associated with traditional fossil fuel-based processes.

With this award negotiation set to begin soon, we look forward to seeing how this partnership between Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global Inc., supported by government funding through the DOE’s Industrial Demonstrations Program, will lead to significant advancements in CO2 conversion technology within the chemical sector.

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