Twelve, LanzaTech collaborate on turning CO2 into ethanol

Ethanol made from air (Photo: Business Wire)

March 9 (Renewables Now) - US carbon transformation company Twelve and biotechnology firm LanzaTech NZ Inc last week said they have converted carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into ethanol.

The companies have created ethanol by bringing together their technology capabilities as part of a research and development collaboration. They are using Twelve’s carbon transformation technology to convert CO2 to CO and then LanzaTech’s small Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR) to turn CO into ethanol. According to the announcement, the approach is scalable and could lead to industrial-scale production of ethanol, with CO2 emissions eliminated in the process.

Last year, the pair also unveiled plans to develop polypropylene from CO2, supported by a grant from Impact Squared.

Meanwhile, it was announced on Tuesday that LanzaTech has agreed to go public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) sponsored by an affiliate of the AMCI group.

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