Skip to comments.Pioneering British firm produces 'petrol from air' in breakthrough that could solve energy crisis
Posted on 10/20/2012 1:31:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
A British firm has produced the first 'petrol from air', it emerged today - in a pioneering scientific breakthrough that could end mankind's reliance on declining fossil fuels.
Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, claims to have made five litres of petrol since August using a small refinery that synthesises the fuel from carbon dioxide and water vapour.
Experts have hailed the incredible breakthrough as a potential 'game-changer' in the battle against climate change and solution to the globe's escalating energy crisis.
While the company is still developing their process and still need to take electricity from the national grid, it believes it will eventually be possible to power the synthesis entirely from renewable sources.
Within two years it hopes to build a commercial-scale plant capable of making a ton of petrol a day and expand into producing green aviation fuel to make airline travel more eco-friendly.
The technology involves mixing air with sodium hydroxide, then electrolysing the resultant sodium carbonate to release pure carbon dioxide...
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I find it surprising that the non-critical thinking press doesn’t realize this has been done back in WWII.
This is fuel from air and electricity, lots of electricity.
It is cheaper to get the fuel from the ground.
-—physics will win again-—
Libs are already busy figuring out how they can regulate it, as well as tax it.
“....end mankind’s reliance on declining fossil fuels.”
Declining fossil fuels — what liberal BS.
First of all we have 500 years of proven reserves in oil, gas and coal and almost every year new sources are discovered. Ever heard of the ocean of methane to be harvested from the ocean bottom?
The real question is — what does it cost in $/Btu to produce “petrol from air” or petrol from fossil fuel?
Simple question: How much energy goes in, how much comes out? Another perpetual motion machine. And the winner again is,.. Entropy by a length!
I’m starting to believe in the anaerobic theory that the Russians have used, with some success, to find reserves. If that is wholly or even partially true, petroleum is just as renewable as corn or bamboo.
Yep, another con job and we are not energy poor.
Not a bad idea for a country looking for energy independence, that does not have a lot of native fossil fuels. Build a bunch of Nukes, and you can make all the liquid fuel you need. Nice.
...claims to have made five litres of petrol since August using a small refinery that synthesises the fuel from carbon dioxide and water vapour.
It seems quite plausible, at least for natural gas. I’m not at all convinced regarding oil. Then again, I’m just guessing.
Why not build the nuclear plants and run everything on the resulting elecricity? Wouldn’t that be “greener” abd much simpler?
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Is it an energy negative process, where you get gas but using more energy than it creates?
No, the question should be: how many $$ in production cost does it take to make a gallon of “petrol from air” vs. the production cost of making a gallon of petrol from fossil fuel?
Of course, the Btu value of one gallon of the “petrol from air” must be equal to the number of Btus in the gallon of “petrol from fossil fuel”.
One should also include in the equation that in order to make “petrol from air” the production process will have to use energy from fossil fuel.
If it becomes cost effective, they’ll start protesting it.
Me too. No one has ever answered or hardly even brought up the question of how dinosaurs and prehistoric vegetation got 1,2,3,5+ miles down below the earth to create oil. The abiogenic theory make alot more sense.
What utter rot. Fuel oil could be made from the wings of house flies but so what?
Thanks for driving the house fly wing market up. Millions of poor little flies walking around. The horror......the horror.
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