SOURCE: LanzaTech

LanzaTech

October 16, 2013 08:00 ET

LanzaTech Partners With Korea's SK Innovation on Development of Process Technology for Green Chemicals

Expands LanzaTech's Portfolio of Platform Chemicals for Automotive and Consumer Durables Markets

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA and ROSELLE, IL--(Marketwired - Oct 16, 2013) - SK innovation, one of the world's leading energy and petrochemical companies, and LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, today announced an agreement to develop a new process technology for the production of 1,3 butadiene, a platform chemical used in many high growth industries globally. The collaboration will accelerate the commercialization of an alternative route to butadiene, a chemical increasing in scarcity because of the shale gas boom in the United States.

SK innovation has pioneered new refining and petrochemical technology development for many years. SK innovation will work with LanzaTech to develop and integrate this new technology with LanzaTech's gas fermentation process, which converts industrial waste gases and on-purpose syngas derived from the gasification of wastes into low carbon fuels and chemicals.

An estimated $20 billion market, butadiene is a building block in a huge range of materials including synthetic rubber used in tires, belts, hoses, seals, carpet backing and medical latex; molded plastics used in consumer appliances such as vacuum cleaners, kitchen appliances and electronic gadgets; nylon 6,6 used in textiles and engineering resins used in automotive engine components; and as a chemical intermediate for adhesives and speciality chemicals. The move to shale gas in the United States is driving butadiene scarcity and businesses are looking for alternative sources. At the same time, rising incomes in emerging markets are increasing demand for automotive purchases, tires, engine components and other consumer goods.

The development work will be carried out at SK innovation's state of the art research centre in Dae Jon, Korea. The research campus hosts more than 1,500 scientists and engineers and has been in operation since 1995. The centre focuses on research and development of new technologies in energy, petrochemical, and materials industries. It works on a wide range of research areas such as eco-friendly, premium petroleum products, asphalts, lubricants, polymers, green energy and advanced batteries.

"Investment in science, technology and innovation has made Korea one of the world's most dynamic industrial economies with Korean companies increasingly renowned for the quality of their research and development work," said Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. "We are excited to work with SK innovation, which is a pioneer in new energy technologies. The partnership provides LanzaTech with an opportunity to expand and grow our green chemicals portfolio, taking another important step toward our vision of creating a diversified range of fuels and chemicals using waste gas as a resource."

"As customer demand for green chemicals grows, we continue to seek innovative solutions to develop cost-competitive process technologies to serve important global markets," said Dr. Byongsung Kwak, Chief Technology Officer, Global Technology, SK innovation. "We believe this collaboration provides a great opportunity to combine our expertise in R&D with the unique industrial waste gas fermentation technology LanzaTech has developed in order to increase the supply of biobased butadiene globally."

LanzaTech aims to meet the increasing global demand for affordable and sustainable fuels and chemicals while also reducing overall emissions by recycling widely available industrial waste resources. LanzaTech uses a novel biological approach to transform carbon-rich waste gases (from industrial sources like steel mills and processing plants) or syngas generated from any biomass resource (for example, municipal solid waste, organic industrial waste or agricultural waste) into low carbon fuels and chemicals.

LanzaTech is the first company ever to scale gas fermentation technology to a pre-commercial level, developing and successfully operating two facilities that convert waste flue gas from Baosteel and Shougang steel plants into ethanol. Both facilities in China operated at annualized production capacity of 100,000 gallons. Site location and engineering plans for commercial facilities are under way and commercial production is expected to begin in 2014.

About LanzaTech
LanzaTech is a leader in gas fermentation technology. It provides novel and economic routes to fuels and high value chemicals from waste gas streams. LanzaTech's unique process provides a sustainable pathway to produce platform chemicals that serve as building blocks to products that have become indispensable in our lives such as rubber, plastics, synthetic fibers and fuels.

LanzaTech's technology solutions mitigate carbon emissions from industry without adversely impacting food or land security. With commercial facilities in China slotted for construction in 2014, LanzaTech, a company founded in New Zealand, is now a global organization. More information is available at www.lanzatech.com

About SK innovation
Founded in 1962 as Korea's first oil refiner, SK innovation is one of the world's leading energy and petrochemical companies. SK innovation employs nearly 6,300 people and posted KRW 73.3 trillion in sales in 2012.

SK innovation operates through five subsidiary companies: SK Energy, SK Incheon Petrochemical, SK Trading International, SK Global Chemical and SK Lubricants. Their independent management structure enables each company to respond rapidly to changes in the global business environment and expedite growth through a fast decision-making process. Each company executes its own business strategy, consistent with its vision and optimized for its unique environment.

Based on its strong R&D capabilities, SK innovation is a leading technology company that focuses on lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, information electronic materials, and exploration and production business. SK energy is the largest oil refiner and marketer in Korea. In July 2013, SK Incheon Petrochemical and SK Trading International were established. Both were previously part of SK Energy. SK Incheon Petrochemical focuses on high-value-added petrochemical products including paraxylene, while SK Trading International trades petrochemical and crude oil products. SK Global Chemical, a global leader in the green chemicals and life sciences, is especially active in the burgeoning Asian market. SK Lubricants is a global leader in the base oil and lubricant market through affiliations with major European, North American and Asian companies.

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