The company got funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's bioenergy technologies office, and has developed a carbon recycling technology to convert gas into fuels like ethanol, according to the laboratory. The ethanol can be blended with conventional jet fuel and is eligible to be used in commercial flights.
A facility is planned at the Georgia LanzaTech site to convert ethanol into jet fuel and diesel.
“This fuel exceeds the properties of petroleum-based jet fuel in terms of efficiency and burns much cleaner," said John Holladay, the laboratory's deputy manager for energy efficiency and renewable energy, in a written statement. "And by recycling carbon already in the environment - in this case waste gas streams - it lets the world keep more petroleum sequestered the ground.”