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LanzaTech, the Auckland-based company that uses bacteria to convert steel mill smokestack waste gas to ethanol, has made the Global Cleantech Top 100.

The list is compiled by the Cleantech Group, which provides global market research, events and advisory services, and is run in collaboration with the UK’s Guardian News and Media and sponsored by Autodesk.

LanzaTech was one of 4,616 nominations and made a short list of 218. In September the company announced a new-product breakthrough – successfully producing 2,3-Butanediol (2.3-BD), a key polymers, plastics and hydrocarbon fuels building block, using its gas fermentation technology.

It joins a list of investors and corporations active in cleantech innovation, including Emerald Technology Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, BASF, GE, Procter & Gamble and Siemens.

“The honour is a real tribute to LanzaTech’s international team and the research and development led by chief scientist Sean Simpson,” said its chief executive, Jennifer Holmgren.

“We have made significant strides in 2010 and this recognition validates our unique gas to fuels and chemicals technology in the global cleantech arena,” she said.

In the past four months, LanzaTech has announced partnerships with China’s Baosteel, Henan Coal and Chemical Industrial Corporation and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

LanzaTech’s energy technology gets it into the Global Cleantech Top 100

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