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Solena Fuels in partnership with British Airways has committed to building the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel. The chosen location for this innovative project is the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the site of the former Coryton oil refinery in Thurrock, Essex. The site has excellent transport links and existing fuel storage facilities.

This ground-breaking fuel project is set to revolutionise the production of sustainable aviation fuel. Approximately 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste normally destined for landfill or incineration will instead be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels using Solena’s innovative integrated technology. British Airways has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes per annum of the jet fuel produced at market competitive rates.



  • World’s first advanced technology waste biomass to biojet fuel plant
  • Input: residual derived fuel (sorted municipal, commercial waste)
  • Output: sustainable, drop-in jet & diesel
  • Primary driver – reducing emissions
  • Waste biomass to liquid plant – uses waste destined for landfill
  • Abundant source of waste
  • Meet the total fuel needs of London City Airport


A rendering of the project: Consent architecture work has begun, pre-FEED has been completed and the next phase of engineering to begin in 2015:

 GreenSky London Artist Rendering



  • Ability to use negative cost feedstock and sell fuel at market prices
  • First of its kind
  • Unique combination of high temp plasma gasification and FT tech
  • Top industry technology consortium
  • Meets the EU requirements to Carbon Emission reduction (RSB & RED)
  • Fuel is drop in, certified and requires no change in fuel infrastructure
  • Biorefinery is considered environmentally benign

Solena Fuels works with British Airways

Solena offers airline, maritime, and road transportation companies a carbon neutral and economical fuel alternative by using abundant renewable waste feedstocks


“We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry.”

Willie Walsh
CEO of British Airways’ parent company IAG

“We are delighted that the GreenSky London project is getting ever closer to fruition. With world-class technology partners now in place, we are well on our way to making sustainable aviation fuel a reality.”

Keith Williams
CEO of British Airways

“The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

Willie Walsh
CEO of British Airways’ parent company IAG

Biofuel Age of Flight

We certainly have come a long way in a short time. It wasn’t many years ago that the idea of using biofuels for flight was dismissed out of hand on technical and safety grounds.

Today, we have tested a range of biofuels in flight, we have made our way through a very tough technical standards process to ensure flight safety and we have been working hard to establish the correct sustainability criteria for the fuels we use.

Low Carbon Fuels Project

British Airways is working with the US-based sustainable energy company Solena Fuels to develop Europe's first waste-to-biojet-fuel plant, the "GreenSky" project. This first-of-a-kind facility, currently at the planning stage, will be constructed east of London.