Finding the value in LanzaTech's direct CO₂-to-MEG technology

July 22, 2022 | Case Study

In May 2022, LanzaTech announced that it had achieved a lab-scale proof of concept for a direct CO2-to-monoethylene glycol (MEG) technology in partnership with Danone. Although the company has made significant progress commercializing its indirect, two-step CO2-to-MEG platform, it has hinted at a direct CO2-to-MEG pathway for some time. The new process bypasses ethanol production as an intermediate, and LanzaTech claims it will allow for renewable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and PET fibers to be produced more cheaply. This development is one of several technological advancements in the CO2-to-chemicals space in the last several years. In the broader renewables market, CO2-derived MEG (both direct and indirect) competes with biobased MEG (bio-MEG). Despite the competition, there is still room for CO2-derived MEG to play and offer compelling cost and sustainability claims.

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