Seven airlines have signed an agreement with Solena Fuels LLC for the future supply and use of jet fuel taken exclusively from biomass to be produced in California.
Solena Fules Green Sky California biomass liquids facility in northern California will use post recycled urban and agricultural wastes to make up to 16 million gallons of jet fuel per year by 2015. The project is projected take approximately 550,000 metric tons of trash, that would otherwise end up in a land fill, and convert it to jet fuel with low emissions of greenhouse gasses. That is a double green whammy of recycling trash and reducing emissions.
The Solena Group uses its own patented plasma technology to convert all forms of biomass into clean renewable energy. Solena’s systems convert virtually any type of organic materials, including waste, into energy. Solena uses its patented plasma technology to license efficient, waste-to-energy plants around the world producing zero emissions.
The core of Solena’s three-step solution is the company’s patented Solena Plasma Gasification (SPG) technology. This patented technology is capable of producing a synthetic fuel gas (BioSynGas) from the thermal conversion of bio-based hydrocarbons. During the second step of the overall process, Solena uses the Fischer-Tropsch reaction to transform the syngas into light FT liquids and FT wax. The third step upgrades the FT products into jet fuel.
The Solena Group is not only operating within the limits of The Unites States. In 2010 British Airways announced that they were in a partnership with the group to establish Europe’s first plant for sustainable fuel. The idea being that the plant would be a first step in British Airways adopting and using alternative fuel in part of its fleet by 2014.
The seven airlines partnering with Solena Group are American Airlines, United Continental Holdings, Alaska Airlines, FedEx, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and US Airways. Additionally, Air Canada has expressed interest in Solena Group as well as Frontier Airlines and Lufthansa German Airlines.
Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail.