NextChem starts engineering phase of Rome Hydrogen Valley
The partners expect that combining their technologies will create a closed-loop system for a new low-carbon economy.
Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., through its subsidiary MyRechemical, has kicked off the engineering phase of Hydrogen Valley in Rome.
It is based on NextChem’s waste-to-chemical technology. It has received the EU Commission grant within IPCEI HY2USE initiative.
The contract relates to the syngas fermentation section of NextChem Hydrogen Valley to produce circular ethanol as the initial co-product together with Circular Hydrogen™.
NextChem has started, through MyRechemical, the engineering of waste conversion to Circular Gas™, which will be the feedstock for ethanol and hydrogen production. In this framework, NextChem has awarded LanzaTech an engineering contract to deliver a process design package for a syngas fermentation unit to produce circular ethanol for sustainable mobility and chemicals based on its biocatalyst technology.
MyRechemical’s chemical conversion technology allows the recovery of waste that cannot be mechanically recycled and other non-recyclable dry waste. The engineering phase of the Hydrogen Valley is expected to be completed in 2023.
LanzaTech’s expertise in fermentation scale-up, reactor design, machine learning and synthetic biology has enabled the company to commercialize its recycling process and demonstrate the production of 100 different chemicals.
Alessandro Bernini, CEO of Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem, said, “This agreement with LanzaTech is the first deployment of the existing cooperation with such a recognized player and represents an important step forward in our energy transition journey.”
Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, said, “We can turn the carbon and hydrogen in these waste streams into the things we use in our daily lives.”