US bioenergy group Solena has moved a step closer to making its planned sustainable jet fuel plant in east London a reality.
The group just signed a letter of intent with synthetic fuels producer Rentech, under which Rentech will provide its Fischer-Tropsch technology to convert gas derived from waste biomass into liquid biofuel for use in aviation.
British Airways has signed a long-term commitment to purchase the resulting biofuel.
Solena says it has identified some potential sites in east London for the plant and is currently trying to attract investment. The plant is scheduled to become operational in 2014.
For more on aviation biofuels, take a look at the article I wrote on the subject during this year’s Farnborough air show.