Skokie, IL-based LanzaTech Inc. and its two partners have received $4.1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to explore using recycled carbon dioxide (CO2) as a feedstock for ethanol.

Department of Energy

LanzaTech with partners The University of Michigan (UM) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) plan to enhance existing technology to enable the direct conversion of CO2 to ethanol. 

Under the partnership, LanzaTech said Tuesday it is tasked with assembling an affordable, low-emission gas fermentation process using renewable hydrogen to capture and convert CO2 into fuels and chemicals. UM biochemistry professor Stephen Ragsdale would support the project, while ORNL would contribute its expertise in mass spectrometry-based metabolomics and proteomics.

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