Revolutionary CO2-to-Ethylene Technology Receives $200 Million Funding from the US Department of Energy

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

Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global Inc. have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to begin negotiations for funding, up to $200 million, for their joint project to transform CO2 into sustainable ethylene. This initiative is part of the DOE’s Industrial Demonstrations Program, awarded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

The companies are working on developing CO2-to-ethylene technology that involves capturing flue gas from ethylene crackers’ furnaces and combining 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.

Technip Energies CEO Arnaud Pieton emphasized the importance of scaling this technology to have a significant impact on carbon emissions in the chemicals industry. The process aims to decarbonize ethylene, a crucial building block for various products like 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.[/

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