US LanzaTech, SK to work on process for bio-based 1,3 butadiene

16 October 2013 14:39  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US gas fermentation technology firm LanzaTech and South Korea’s refining and petrochemicals major SK Innovation have agreed to jointly develop new process technology for the production of bio-based 1,3 butadiene, they said on Wednesday.

The collaboration would accelerate the commercialisation of an alternative route to butadiene, a chemical which is becoming scarce because of the shale gas boom in the US, the companies said in a joint statement.

Under the collaboration, the partners aim to integrate SK’s refining and petrochemicals technology with LanzaTech's gas fermentation process. LanzaTech’s process converts industrial waste gases and on-purpose syngas derived from the gasification of wastes into fuels and chemicals.

"We believe this collaboration provides a great opportunity to combine our expertise in R&D [research and development] with the unique industrial waste gas fermentation technology LanzaTech has developed in order to increase the supply of bio-based butadiene globally," said Byongsung Kwak, SK’s chief technology officer.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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