GAIL, which is the biggest natural gas company in India, and CO2 capture and utilization company LanzaTech have entered a strategic partnership to explore carbon recycling technology in combination with green hydrogen. The project will combine LanzaTech’s expertise in carbon capture and utilization and GAIL’s renewable hydrogen and carbon gas streams.
The two companies will explore setting up a pilot scale CO2 capture and conversion project that can serve as a role model for converting carbon into useful materials, from fuels and chemicals to packaging and clothing.
Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech and a Board Member of the US-India Strategic Partnership said the collaboration between LanzaTech and GAIL, driven by GAIL’s dedication to emission reduction and renewable initiatives, holds the potential to transform carbon from an environmental burden into a value added product. “CO2 can be the raw material of the future, enabling fossil carbon to stay underground,” she said. “We look forward to launching our collaboration with GAIL to make this vision a reality.”
Similar to how a brewery functions, LanzaTech’s biorecycling technology operates by utilizing proprietary bacteria that consume CO2-rich pollutants found in industrial sites. These bacteria then undergo a conversion process to produce CarbonSmart™ chemicals, which can be used in the production of various materials such as rubber, plastics, synthetic fibers, and fuels.
The materials derived from LanzaTech’s technology serve as the foundational elements for consumer goods, including clothing, laundry detergent, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This approach aims to promote sustainability and reduce dependence on virgin fossil fuels.
The strategic partnership between GAIL and LanzaTech is a step toward GAIL’s goal to reach net zero.