Solena Fuels has chosen Oxford Catalysts Group’s microchannel Fischer-Tropsch technology for utilization in a biomass-to-liquids (BTL) project being developed in the United Kingdom.
Fluor advised Solena to select the microchannel Fischer-Tropsch technology. BTL process is utilized for conversion of waste biomass into superior-quality liquid fuels, which are fully compatible with fuels based on petroleum. The fuels generated through the BTL process find use in present engines and infrastructure.
GreenSky London is the name of the BTL project, which will be involved in the conversion of waste biomass into sustainable jet fuel, with an objective to become the first industrial-scale sustainable jet fuel plant in Europe. British Airways is the project’s key partner, which plans to power a portion of its fleet by the low-carbon fuel by 2015.
Moreover, Solena and Oxford Catalysts Group have team up to deliver microchannel Fischer-Tropsch units for use in Solena’s upcoming BTL projects with shipping companies and airlines. These projects include GreenSky Stockholm, GreenSky Rome and GreenSky California.
Oxford Catalysts Group’s Commercial Director, Jeff McDaniel stated that the selection of the company’s microchannel technology for this project over traditional Fischer-Tropsch technology is a testament to the company’s technology. The company is happy to make a contribution in the GreenSky London project and to lend its support to British Airways’ sustainable aviation strategy and Solena’s plan to roll out multiple sustainable fuel plants across the globe.
Solena Fuels’ Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Robert Do commented that the company conducted a thorough assessment of existing providers for the Fischer-Tropsch technology, a crucial component of the company’s integrated BTL solution based on the advice from Flour. Oxford Catalysts’ microchannel technology delivers modular sizing as well as the benefits of high-efficiency, fixed bed reactors.