LanzaJet, a sustainable fuels producer and technology company, has opened what the company is calling the world’s first ethanol-to-sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility – LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels.
LanzaJet’s technology is a viable next-generation SAF technology capable of scaling production to the levels needed to decarbonize aviation through widely available and sustainable feedstocks, emerging commercial waste-based feedstock solutions, and a variety of economic conditions.
Located in Soperton, Georgia, LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels has the capacity to produce 10 million gallons of drop-in SAF and renewable diesel each year from low-carbon, sustainable, and certified ethanol, which meets both US and global standards.
The SAF will be produced from a variety of sustainable feedstocks, such as agricultural waste, municipal solid waste, energy crops, and carbon captured from industrial processes. In total, the project’s technology will be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation industry by more than 70%.
LanzaJet believes that this latest project will enable current and future supply volumes that support a scaled SAF industry and the White House’s SAF Grand Challenge, which calls for a supply of at least 3 billion gallons of SAF annually by 2030 to substantially reduce aviation emissions.
The technology used in the LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels process was developed in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Lab in 2010, and the technology’s first commercial flights were completed with Virgin Atlantic and All Nippon Airways in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The LanzaJet project is a fully funded facility and has already committed to offtake agreements for all fuel produced at the facility in the next ten years.
Major shareholders of and investors in the LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels project include the International Airlines Group, Mitsui & Co, Shell, Suncor Energy, the Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, British Airways, and All Nippon Airways.