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US firm LanzaTech partners with India's centre for advanced bioenergy for new biofuel supply

Partnership to produce biofuels from waste CO2 gas aims to expands LanzaTech's footprint in India and showcase bioenergy technology

Partnership to produce biofuels from waste CO2 gas aims to expands LanzaTech's footprint in India and showcase bioenergy technology

US low-carbon fuel and chemicals producer LanzaTech has partnered with India's Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy to develop a new supply of biofuels for the BRIC country. LanzaTech has teamed up with the centre to produce low carbon fuels from industrial waste CO2gas. The US firm aims to expand its footprint in India and showcase the company's biofuel technology in the BRIC country.

The bioenergy centre is a joint venture between Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and the Indian government's Department for Biotechnology (DBT). It aims to create a novel process for the direct production of low carbon fuels from industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

LanzaTech said the unique application of its gas fermentation technology will enable a new supply of biofuels, creating economic growth and reducing CO2 emissions across India.

Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, said: "By converting India's industrial waste CO2 emissions into low carbon fuels and chemicals, LanzaTech and the centre can reduce overall emissions while creating a sustainable, domestic supply of transportation fuels. We look forward to extending our technology platform and our existing partnerships in India as we work with the team at the centre on this initiative."

Bioenergy scale-up

The India bioenergy news follows other developments in the renewable energy field between the BRIC country and the West over the last year. This includes India teaming up with firms and universities in Denmark in August 2012 for the first biotechnology exchange programme between the two countries.

Secretary, Department of Bio-Technology, Government of India, Dr. Vijay Raghavan, said the "DBT-IOC Centre for Advanced Bio-Energy should act as a connecting point for new ideas and if found suitable all efforts should be made for scale up and commercialisation."

LanzaTech has already been working with Indian Oil, India's largest national oil company, to develop a domestic ethanol supply chain by leveraging LanzaTech's technology with a range of carbon-containing waste streams widely available in India, including industrial carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from steel plants.

The company estimates that hundreds of millions of gallons of ethanol could be produced annually by utilising waste CO from steel mills.