Our Products Environmental Characteristics
Solena’s sustainable synthetic FT fuels help reduce green house gas and eliminate SOx in transportation emissions, addressing energy and environment concerns in addition to negligible particulate matter content. Solena’s IBGTL solution has superior environmental characteristics:
- Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions.Carbon emissions are recognized as a detriment to the environment and, when emitted at the upper levels of the troposphere via jet fuel exhaust, are more harmful as a greenhouse gas (“GHG”). Given that our facilities use pre-sorted municipal and/or commercial solid waste as feedstock, the energy produced results in a substantial reduction in CO emissions.
- Reduced Landfilling of Solid Waste. The facility will utilize sorted municipal and/or commercial waste, normally destined for landfill, as its fuel source. Landfilling presents several problems including: (i) the pollution of surface and underground (aquifers) water resources due to toxic substances leaching from the waste; (ii) methane emissions from the decomposing waste which contribute significantly to greenhouse gas effect and are 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide; and (iii) the long term nature of the ‘solution’ whereby it is estimated that total decomposition of all waste can take 300 (for MSW) to 600 (for hazardous waste) years in a landfill.
- Increase in Air Quality. BioJetFuel generated through FT process burns cleaner than crude-based jet fuels resulting in lower levels of emissions with no SOx, minimum PMs and lower NOx levels during take-off at local airports.
- Noncompeting BioFuels. Crop based biofuels are believed to produce harmful side effects such as creating inflationary price pressures on basic food supplies and/or the use of otherwise arable land. Furthermore, the nature of crop based fuels dictates that the facilities be located far from the end-user of the finished biofuel product.
“Fuel” to Fuel…
A unique characteristic of the IBGTL process is that it can handle a wide variety of feedstock and thus is completely “fuel flexible”. Unlike standard gasification technologies, the IBGTL process utilizes a powerful and independent heat source (plasma torches) and can thus accommodate and adapt varying heterogeneous feedstock. In the alternative fuels industry, success is driven by the types of feedstock the producer can use and the types of fuel the producer can sell. Solena is able to approach its feedstock story on a dynamic, interchangeable basis always utilizing the cheapest, most readily available feedstock in any given area.
From an economical, technical and sustainable standpoint, our flexible fuel solutions tackle issues of supply chain while preserving an efficient, readily available feedstock for our facilities. Some of the key points of Solena’s “Fuel” to Fuel approach include lower costs, reliability and a balanced supply. Here is a comparison chart showing the benefits/strength of our approach: