Two Indian partners of clean energy firm Lanzatech are in discussions about collaborating to accelerate the deployment of the company’s proprietary gas fermentation technology to produce fuel ethanol from industrial off-gases.

IndianOil and Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) are exploring how to leverage their resources to implement a commercial scale ethanol plant using LanzaTech’s technology to process waste gases from a Jindal steel mill. The fuel ethanol produced by the plant would be blended into IndianOil’s gasoline pool.

JSPL produces steel and power through backward integration from its own captive coal and iron-ore mines.

The announcement came during the state visit to India by New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key and Trade Minister Hon Tim Groser, with a 25-strong delegation of business people. LanzaTech’s vice-president of business development Asia Pacific, Prabhakar Nair, is part of the delegation.

Mr Nair says LanzaTech’s goals in India are to help industry in mitigating green house gas emissions and in meeting the Indian government’s criterion that new sources of renewable energy production do not compromise food or water resources.