June 11 (Renewables Now) - New Zealand-founded LanzaTech and China’s Shougang Group have launched an ethanol plant in China’s Hebei province, which the joint venture partners say is the first commercial facility converting industrial emissions to ethanol globally.
The plant, located at the Jingtang Steel Mill in Caofeidian, deploys LanzaTech’s technology which relies on anaerobic bacteria to ferment waste emissions of the steel mill. It has a production capacity of 46,000 tonnes of ethanol per year and has been operational since early May, LanzaTech said on Friday.
The carbon recycling company noted that the performance of this type of sustainable ethanol in fuel blending applications is indistinguishable from sugar-derived ethanol. It also added that this ethanol meets the ASTM International D4806 standard for qualifying ethanol used in blending with gasoline for automotive engines and the national standard of China for denatured fuel ethanol.