US Department of Energy Provides $200 Million for Innovative CO2-to-Ethylene Technology Collaboration Between Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global Inc.

DOE Contemplates Technip and LanzaTech for $200 Million Breakthrough Technology Grant

A $200 million funding opportunity for a joint effort between Technip Energies and LanzaTech Global Inc. to transform CO2 into sustainable ethylene has been announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This funding is part of the DOE’s Industrial Demonstrations Program under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, as stated in a March 25 news release.

Technip Energies and LanzaTech are collaborating on a CO2-to-ethylene technology that captures up to 95% of the flue gas from ethylene cracker furnaces and combines it with hydrogen. The biorecycling technology developed by LanzaTech will convert recycled waste carbon into ethanol, which will then be further converted into ethylene using Technip Energies’ Hummingbird technology.

The goal of this innovative process is to test and develop this technology at scale in a real plant that can be replicated in other facilities. Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, emphasized that this process is expected to help decarbonize ethylene, an essential component for various chemicals and materials such as plastics, polyester, and PVC pipes.

If awarded the funding, it will support the design, engineering, construction, and equipment for a commercial-scale integrated technology unit in the U.S., according to LanzaTech. This integrated solution has significant replication potential for ethylene crackers worldwide, with over 40% of them currently utilizing Technip Energies’ technology, including eight in the U.S., highlighted by LanzaTech.

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