Microsoft (MSFT) and Shell (SHEL) are placing their bets on a “greener” jet-fuel company…
According to CNBC, Microsoft recently invested $50 million in Chicago-based LanzaJet. Lanzajet is a start-up that is focused on the development of low-emission, ethanol-based jet fuel.
However, Microsoft isn’t the only company that has taken an interest in the start-up. Shell, the U.S. Department of Energy, and several other energy companies and airlines have also invested in LanzaJet.
That’s because while many governments and businesses around the world are looking to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, electric and hydrogen-fuel-based airplanes are unlikely to be able to travel long distances any time soon.
As a result, these investors are turning to a company that will help facilitate the transition to greener fuels – while also maintaining the travel capabilities of dirtier forms of energy.
And while there are a variety of ways the U.S. can cut down on its emissions, the airline industry is not only a major contributor to the country’s greenhouse gas production, but it’s also the hardest to decarbonize.
According to the White House, non-military aviation accounts for 11% of the U.S.’s transportation-related emissions. And almost all of those emissions are generated from jet fuel.
So, if LanzaJet can successfully create ethanol-based jet fuel, it should not only help lower broader emissions, but also avoid completely disrupting the pivotal travel industry. This is particularly true considering ethanol-based fuel would already be compatible with existing planes.
Under normal circumstances, jets typically last 20 to 30 years. Meanwhile, the production of a new plane requires at least 10 years. This suggests that even if a renewable-powered plane were to launch, it would take a decade for it to hit the market in the most ideal situation.
However, given the fact that most of the world will remain reliant on fossil fuels for several decades, it’s more realistic to anticipate that hydrogen or electric-powered jets will take much longer than 10 years to hit global markets.
That’s exactly why LanzaJet’s solution is so appealing to Microsoft, Shell, and even the U.S. government – as it will be the best option for the industry for at least 20 years, if not longer.
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