January 31, 2024 [Synbiobeta]- LanzaJet, a leading sustainable fuels technology company, inaugurated the LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels facility in collaboration with government officials, industry leaders, partners, and supporters. This groundbreaking venture marks the world’s pioneering ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility.
LanzaJet’s innovative technology transforms ethanol into SAF, offering a scalable solution for decarbonizing aviation. The facility, situated in Soperton, Georgia, is set to produce 10 million gallons of SAF and renewable diesel annually, sourced from low carbon, sustainable, and certified ethanol meeting global standards.
The collaboration supports the White House’s SAF Grand Challenge, aiming to supply at least 3 billion gallons of SAF annually by 2030 to mitigate aviation emissions. LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels, a result of years of industry-first advancements, stands as a blueprint for scaling SAF production and combating climate change.
“Today is testament to the conviction required by industry, government, and funders to advance innovation and stretch the boundaries of what is achievable to address decarbonization and tackle climate change. This is a historic milestone in a long history of firsts for LanzaJet, the United States, and the SAF industry globally,” said LanzaJet CEO Jimmy Samartzis. “Our novel LanzaJet ethanol to SAF process technology is now deployed at our commercial plant in Georgia which will convert ethanol into drop-in SAF. As we start-up the plant, we will continue to refine our technology, while launching our efforts to advance new sustainable fuels projects globally. Between feedstock versatility, efficiency, and economics that enable scale in the US and globally, we stand ready to meet aviation’s decarbonization goals established at the United Nations and country ambitions, such as the U.S. SAF Grand Challenge.”
“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to harnessing the full potential of SAF as we continue to build a strong economy that is sustainable, resilient, competitive, and keeps rural places thriving,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As we transition to SAF, this will not only create new climate smart commodity markets for American producers, but it will also help American companies such as LanzaJet corner the market of a valuable, emerging industry, while revitalizing rural communities like Soperton with agriculture front and center in the effort. LanzaJet’s facility will help accelerate the SAF industry and provide new economic opportunities for producers for a more sustainable future.”
“LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels is proof of the energy transition accelerating in real time,” said Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaJet Board Director and Chief Executive of LanzaTech. “We are demonstrating the ability to establish secure supply chains domestically, create new jobs locally, and produce sustainable aviation fuel globally. This historic facility is an important pillar of a growing SAF economy in the United States and is a significant decarbonization milestone in the world.”
The SAF produced by LanzaJet will immediately serve as drop-in fuel for existing aircraft, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 70 percent. With fully funded operations and committed offtake agreements for the next decade, the facility is poised to generate over 250 jobs and contribute approximately $70 million annually to the local economy.
The inauguration of LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels signifies a transformative leap towards sustainable aviation and underscores the industry’s collective commitment to environmental stewardship and economic prosperity.
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