LanzaTech, a company specializing in clean energy technologies, has received funds from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to investigate new, economical methods to produce jet fuel (JP-8) from carbon monoxide sources.
The major focus of the research project will include technology development to manufacture alcohol intermediates at reduced costs. These intermediates will be later converted into jet fuel.
LanzaTech’s jet project supports the aim of the US military to use low carbon fuel in the future. The Air Force and the Navy have set a goal to utilize 50% of alternative fuel in all their operations by 2020.
LanzaTech offers a cost-effective and sustainable solution to produce hydrocarbon fuels from carbon monoxide-rich feedstocks like industrial off gases. The innovative alcohol production process from LanzaTech, along with its partner technology that converts alcohols to JP-8, allows the production of alternative aviation fuel in a cost-competitive manner.
The support from DARPA will help LanzaTech to improve the alternative jet fuel technology.