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AvioNews – Agreement between Alitalia and Solena Group

Rome, Italy – To start a study on the reconversion of metropolitan solid
waste in bio-fuel for

(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

The use of Solena Group’s technology will allow to produce alternative
fuel for aircraft, through an high temperature gasification process of
the waste that will be transformed into a so-called “Syngas”. This gas
then will be converted into liquid thanks to an industrial chemical
process called Fischer-Tropsch.

Alitalia and Solena Group think that this innovative technological
process for the reconversion can contribute to drastically reduce the
greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) generated by aircraft.

Solena Group wants to involve in the realization of the plant also
institutions at local and international level. The technology offered by
Solena Group can also be considered as a solution to the problem of the
dispersion of urban solid waste in dumps, avoiding gaseous emissions
harmful to health and environment.

The agreement between Alitalia and Solena Group is part of the innovative
program called Green Sky which already saw Solena Group reaching an
agreement with British Airways Group for the conversion of significant
shares of urban solid waste of London’s metropolitan area in jet fuel for
the aircraft operating at the airport of Heathrow. (Avionews)

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