Solena Fuels In the News
Due to our proprietary technology and the growing need for Biofuel solutions in the aviation, marine and road transportation industries, Solena Fuels is often featured in news articles around the world. We are constantly working to forge new relationships with key partners from these sectors, including several extremely high-profile aviation partners such as British Airways, Lufthansa and Qantas.
Solena Fuels has been featured in various different publications, including The Guardian, The Financial Times, Biofuels Digest, CNBC and Investor Place. We are proud of the effort we put forth to reduce the need for petroleum based fuel. When we are fortunate enough to be featured in an article or news item we enjoy the opportunity to share them with you.
Tim Webb January 2011
The Australian airline Qantas will this month announce a deal to build the world's second commercial-scale plant to produce green biojet fuel made from waste for its fleet of aircraft. Its proposed partner, the US-based fuel producer Solena, is also in negotiations with easyJet, Ryanair and Aer Lingus about building a plant in Dublin, although this project is less advanced. Airlines are trying to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels ahead of their entry into the EU's carbon emissions trading scheme in January 2012 and the introduction of other new environmental legislation. Under the scheme, any airline flying in or out of the EU must cut emissions or pay a penalty. Solena's joint venture with Qantas – which could be announced within the next fortnight – follows a tie-up with British Airways, signed in February last year, to build the world's first commercial-scale biojet fuel plant in London, creating up to 1,200 jobs. Once operational in 2014, the London plant, costing £200m to build, will convert up to 500,000 tonnes of waste a year into 16m gallons of green jet fuel, which BA said would be enough to power 2% of its aircraft at its main ...Read More
Anthony Rochel January 2011
Earth Earth, or plant life, already has a significant impact on alternative energy. The role that plants play is significant in terms of cleantech and renewable energy. The biofuels subsector of cleantech is certainly the largest use of plants in alternative energy. As fossil fuel prices continue to rise and governmental regulations tighten, biofuels will become even more prevalent. The type of biofuel that most are familiar with is ethanol; together, Brazil and the U.S. produce 86% of the worlds ethanol by fermenting sugarcane and corn respectively. This process is generally referred to as first generation biofuel technology and is typically used as a replacement or admixture for gasoline and gasoline powered vehicles, most commonly used for personal transportation. Although many are familiar with the first generation of biofuels which primarily use food crops to create ethanol, not many are familiar with the next generation of biofuels which primarily use non-food crops and bio-waste to create biofuels. Examples of the sources are waste biomass and leftover stalks of corn, grain, and grass. These biofuels can be refined into jet fuel and diesel, powering aircraft, heavy trucks, ships, and trains; thus, the future of biofuels lies in ...Read More
Rome, Italy - To start a study on the reconversion of metropolitan solid waste in bio-fuel for aircraft. February 2011
(WAPA) - Alitalia's CEO Rocco Sabelli, CEO of Solena Group Robert Do and the one of Solena Italia Stefano Bugliosi, signed a letter of intent with which Alitalia and Solena Group commit themselves to start a feasibility study about the building of a plant capable of converting urban solid waste (promiscuous bio-masses) in a relevant share of the jet-fuel required for aircraft of Alitalia, ensuring the reduction of greenhouse gases and the stability of supplies. The signing of the agreement was attended by the Honorable Willer Bordon, president of Enalg SpA, company partner of Solena Group SpA and holding of Solena Italia SpA. The study is finalised to assess the feasibility of a plant capable of converting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of urban solid waste (promiscuous bio-mass) in bio fuel for aircraft, in order to meet part of the fuel needs of Alitalia, reducing the consumption of conventional jet fuel with the consequent reduction (up to 96%) of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The use of Solena Group's technology will allow to produce alternative fuel for aircraft, through an ...Read More
The Australian - February 2011
Qantas is joining forces with another US biofuel company to investigate the possibility of using Queensland sugar cane to help power its domestic fleet. Solazyme, which counts Richard Branson and Unilever among its investors, is the second alternative fuel company that Qantas has engaged to undertake a feasibility study on setting up shop in Australia. The other study with US-based Solena is looking at using urban rubbish to produce fuel using technology also about to be installed in London to supply British Airways. Qantas hopes both technologies will prove viable for Australia and allow it to replace 2-3 per cent of its domestic fuel burn with biofuels by 2015. The airline believes it will take three years for the companies to complete the feasibility study, site location, planning and construction. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the two partnerships represented the best technology in the field. "And we're hopeful that after we go through the evaluations we'll commit to both and have both of them producing a reasonable amount of our fuel," he said. Qantas is luring the companies with a promise of long-term contracts, but Mr Joyce said the airline was also looking at equity ...Read More
The Economist - February 2011
Spooked by the spike in oil prices in 2008 and warily eyeing the latest spurt in fuel charges, airlines have noted that the costs of not going green are growing. In particular, they fret about the painful levies on carbon-spouting planes to be imposed under the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). From 2012 all airlines operating in the EU will be expected to cut emissions to 3% below the average annual figure for the period between 2004 and 2006, and by a further 2 percentage points in 2013. Although most emissions allowances up to the cap will be allocated to airlines for free, 15% will have to be acquired in auctions. Any further emissions will require trading in additional permits. Little wonder, then, that the queue of carriers hopping on the biofuel bandwagon is growing. Lufthansa, Ryanair and Easyjet are only the latest reported to be seeking a deal with Solena, an American producer of aviation biofuels. At the start of January it emerged that Qantas, the Australian flag carrier, will work with the same company to build a commercial-scale aviation biofuel plant on the outskirts of Sydney. Solena is already building a similar ...Read More
The aerospace industry may eventually deliver a huge market Mark Ingebretsen, Oil & Energy Writer March 2011
Lost amid Japan’s tragic events and continuing unrest in the Middle East was news of a significant breakthrough in aviation technology. As Military & Aerospace Electronics reported, a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft, “powered by a 50/50 fuel blend of conventional petroleum-based JP-8 and biofuel derived from camelina,” broke the sound barrier, achieving a speed of Mach 1.5 and proving the utility of biofuels for military aviation. The camelina-based fuel came from Sustainable Oils, a private firm. But other organizations, including public or soon-to-be public companies are also involved in the aviation biofuel market, and ongoing experiments are using everything from algae to wood chips as a source of fuel for aircraft – all for good reason. While the military may see biofuels as a way of guaranteeing supply in times of crises, commercial aviation likely sees them as a way to control costs. As National Defense Business and Technology, noted recently, “Fuel is the aviation industry’s second largest expense, after labor.” With that as an incentive, aviation fuel could become the killer app which helps fledgling biofuel makers achieve the economies of scale they need ...Read More
Andrew Czyzewski, The Engineer - Sustainability Supplement May 2011
Technology that generates energy from waste could help the UK shed its ’dustbin of Europe’ tag. There’s a scene at the end of the film Back to the Future where the now-modified Delorean returns from 2015 and Doc Brown hurriedly rakes through a garbage can to refuel the flux capacitor with household waste (having previously required plutonium to function to a tune of 1.21GW). Setting aside recent debate on the merits of nuclear energy, the scene taps into an innate desire to make good use of our waste. The media play on this too, relaying a constant stream of eye-catching initiatives ’Crematorium could help heat council swimming pool’ and ’Pee power could fuel hydrogen cars’, to name but a couple. It is certainly comforting to know that our engineers are constantly devising new and clever ways to clean up after us, but to what extent have advanced waste technologies really pervaded our society at large? While things are slowly changing, the UK has traditionally been the ’dustbin of Europe’ at its peak having the dubious honour of topping household waste league tables for 2004-05 by sending 23 million tonnes of the ...Read More
Joely Taylor, ECOS May 2011
Can Australia grow an economically and environmentally-sustainable biofuels industry on waste biomass? With the potential to cushion Australia from the shock of fluctuations in oil prices and fossil fuel availability, a home-grown, waste-fed biofuels market is seen as an environmental opportunity, as well as an economic and fuel security issue. New, ‘second-generation’ biofuel production technologies developed around the world are being assessed for their technical and economic feasibility. These second-generation technologies (see second box below) convert lignocellulosic1 biomass to a range of biofuels in many different ways. Three main conversion technologies are gasification, pyrolysis and hydrolysis (see second box below). The feedstock for this conversion includes agricultural residues such as wheat chaff and sugarcane bagasse, forestry residues and urban wastes diverted from landfill. One advantage of second-generation technologies is that non-food feedstock can be converted to biofuel, potentially reducing the competition for agricultural land. Many of these second-generation conversion technologies are now reaching the commercial demonstration stage. This provides a chance to iron out any remaining technical issues and prove the processes in industrial mode. The main impediment to the successful commercial implementation of these technologies is the economy of scale. In other words, the ...Read More
ATA - June 2011
The Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced today that a core group of airlines has signed letters of intent with Solena Fuels, LLC (“Solena”) for a future supply of jet fuel derived exclusively from biomass to be produced in northern California. Solena’s “GreenSky California” biomass-to-liquids (BTL) facility in Northern California (Santa Clara County) will utilize post-recycled urban and agricultural wastes to produce up to 16 million gallons of neat jet fuel (as well as 14 million gallon equivalents of other energy products) per year by 2015 to support airline operations at Oakland (OAK), San Francisco (SFO) and/or San Jose (SJC). The project will divert approximately 550,000 metric tons of waste that otherwise would go to a landfill while producing jet fuel with lower emissions of greenhouse gases and local pollutants than petroleum-based fuels. “Today’s announcement reinforces the ongoing steps that ATA member airlines are taking to stimulate competition in jet fuel production, contribute to the creation of green jobs, and promote energy security through economically viable alternatives that also demonstrate global and local environmental benefits,” said ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “It is ...Read More
Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest October 2011 Aviation biofuels may represent the breakout success opportunity that biofuels, clean energy needs.
In Copenhagen this week, a coalition of companies and associations involved in aviation biofuels made a strong case for the sector not only as a quick win for biofuels, but as a quick win for clean energy as a whole. Pitching Martin Lidegaard, the incoming Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building over a working lunch, Paul Steele, executive director of the Air Transport Action Group made the quick win case. “Aviation is hard at work with a spectrum of activities to reduce environmental impact. But we see aviation biofuels as a quick win. First, we have just 1700 airports as fuel points, versus distributing to and possibly retrofitting hundreds of thousands of gas stations around the world. Second, aviation biofuels involve no infrastructure change – they drop right into the existing engines. Third, you have a sector that has done everything it can to do the flight tests, the certifications, sustainability groups, and even participating with investment in biofuels, to stimulate production.” The case is strong. To convert 20 percent of road transport around the world to biofuels — ...Read More