US-based carbon capture and utilization company LanzaTech (NASDAQ: LNZA) and Tadweer, the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company, are collaborating to conduct a feasibility study for transforming municipal and commercial solid waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
This initiative, marking the first major project in their partnership announced in February 2023, envisions converting 350,000 tons of hard-to-recycle waste annually into 200,000 tons of ethanol, ultimately producing 120,000 tons of SAF.
The feasibility study seeks to enhance the collaborative efforts between the United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in promoting clean energy, establishing the foundation for strengthening the role of waste management in a circular carbon economy, LanzaTech said in a statement this week.
Ali Al Dhaheri, CEO of Tadweer, emphasized the waste management industry’s potential to reduce nearly 1.8 gigatons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
The collaboration with LanzaTech aligns with the company’s vision of establishing a circular economy and contributing to international environmental standards, he said.
In turn, Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, highlighted the significance of recycling municipal solid waste to produce SAF, offering a sustainable solution to reduce the carbon footprint of air travel.
With LanzaTech’s technology integrated into Tadweer’s facilities, the project aims to address climate change and keep fossil fuels in the ground, she added.
Furthermore, the project will play a key role in contributing to the UAE’s National SAF Road Map and meeting global environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) standards, according to Majed Al Marzouqi, Project Manager for waste-to-SAF at Tadweer.
The facility will utilize NextChem‘s gasification unit to transform solid waste into a synthesis gas, subsequently converted into CarbonSmart™ ethanol by LanzaTech’s microbe-powered bioreactor.
LanzaJet, a spin-off of LanzaTech, will then convert the ethanol into SAF using its alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) technology.
The LanzaJet ATJ technology, approved by standards organization ASTM International, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85% and particulate emissions by over 95%, positioning the UAE as a leader in SAF production.