Microsoft Invests $50 Million in LanzaJet Plant

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Technology giant Microsoft will provide $50 million from its Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund to help build US sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer LanzaJet's first alcohol-to-jet plant in the US. “We are thrilled to bring on Microsoft and its Climate Innovation Fund to help us build our first-of-its-kind sustainable fuels plant in Georgia. The partnership with Microsoft is more than just financing — it advances our work towards net zero fuels, it enables lower-cost sustainable fuels into the market, and it supports the urgency to have real, proven technologies scale-up and deploy,” said LanzaJet CEO Jimmy Samartzis in a Jan. 13 statement. “We support LanzaJet in creating new pathways to help companies across industries achieve net-zero carbon through the use of sustainable fuels. Decarbonizing hard to abate industries and technologies will be essential to achieving our carbon reduction goals by 2030,” added Brandon Middaugh of Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund. LanzaJet says construction of the Freedom Pines plant is progressing as planned, despite current global supply chain, manufacturing and labor shortages. Fabrication is well under way with some modules already completed and final site engineering near completion. Production of 10 million gallons/yr of SAF and renewable diesel is due to start in 2023. Microsoft joins existing LanzaJet investors LanzaTech, Suncor Energy, Mitsui, British Airways, Royal Dutch Shell and All Nippon Airways.

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