[Gasification] lanzatech buys closed range fuels plant for , 5.1mil

Peter & Kerry realpowersystems at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 18:11:11 CST 2012

On 24/01/2012 5:00 AM, gasification-request at lists.bioenergylists.org wrote:
> Re: [Gasification] lanzatech buys closed range fuels plant for
> 5.1mil

Hi all, been a long time since I posted to this list....

Range Fuels is yet another example of the strange due diligence process 
that seems to inform Private and  Government investment.  Who actually 
ends up with this "lost" money? Wouldn't that be a fascinating and 
probably enlightening investigation.

What did Lanzatech actually get for their 5.1 million? They clearly 
don't want the thermo chemical catalyst technology and the gasifier by 
all accounts is not suited to purpose.  Sounds simply like a strategic 
move to attract more investment by seeming to take on failed work of others.

A little of our own history:  Lanzatech were introduced to us by 
Bluescope Steel  following a successful charcoal research project we 
helped on with the steel industry here in Australia. The Chief Research 
Scientist for Bluescope was aware that we had a working linear hearth 
gasifier that had been independently validated and which met the 
necessary criteria for either catalytic or biological conversion of 
syngas to liquid fuels, and more crucially as a modular system could be 
assembled into a plant to suit industrial scale.  Lanzatech never 
responded to us despite this referral, but continued to promote their 
technology as being game changing despite clearly having only half the 
equation (who cares about details when a multi billion dollar market is 
in the offing?).

The bottled producer gas thing they apparently had Doug do is a 
nonsense, any competent lab can simulate any tested producer gas ratio's 
by blending readily available and specified lab gases already in 
certified high pressure cylinders.  After compression and storage in a 
cylinder of "real life"  producer gas any condensates present are hardly 
going to jump out in subsequent testing through the gas being drawn off 
in low volumes at the top of the bottle, and in any case the researchers 
with their microbes are more than likely to do additional filtering when 
working at lab scales.

If this company was genuine they would have a properly operating 
gasifier module of at least 200kg/hr  and do their commercialisation 
work directly from this gas.  That they never took up this offer drops 
its own red flag.

We were referred to Khosler Ventures by someone else whom we can't 
remember at the moment, we do however remember Khoslers reply: They were 
not interested in Biomass technologies but only wanted truly renewable 
technologies instead....enough said.

In terms of advanced ethanol catalysts one supplier out of Canada has 
estimated from an independent gas analysis taken from our gasifier that 
the two systems in combination could yield 400 litres per tonne of wood 
chips of industrial alcohols being predominantly ethanol with methanol 
and some propanol with a few percent butanol thrown in....a yield which 
the industry road map is aiming to achieve by 2030. They even offered 
the catalyst to allow independent testing and validation by qualified 
researchers here in Australia, despite this and a matching offer by 
ourselves to supply the gasifier being widely disseminated to all likely 
parties including leading Universities and Australian Government there 
has been no interest.  The only feed back at all was from the leader of 
the CSIRO Biofuels Flagship who told me directly that they knew what we 
had but were not allowed to assist us...since no other explanation was 
offered we can only assume this was because their core business was 
doing research, not solutions.

Good luck to them all... Our response is in the company name and the 
success we are quietly achieving.

Peter Davies
Real Power Systems Pty Ltd

More information about the Gasification mailing list