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originally posted by: newWorldSamurai
And of course their stock is down (at the time of this post). All the big investment banks know it will never see the light of day.
originally posted by: lordcomac
Fuel is commonly referred to as a hydrocarbon by people in the field.
Water is Hydrogen and Oxygen.
Carbon Dioxide is Carbon and Oxygen.
Logically, you can make a hydrocarbon out of these things with a waste product of Oxygen.
The trouble comes when you actually do it- hydrocarbons burn, releasing energy.
It takes energy to recombine them, too.
Probably more than they gave out.
If it takes ten gallons of diesel fuel to run the generator enough to make the energy to produce a gallon of synthetic diesel fuel, the technology is pretty much a waste of time.
This is the same reason you don't see windmills on electric cars. Sure, the technology exists- but it's pointless.
originally posted by: Gemwolf
originally posted by: rickymouse
... if there are any byproducts of the chemicals they use that can have a negative effect on the environment...
That's a pretty important question. They are messing with "our" water after all. It would be pointless or even deadly if they stopped using oil only to start using up our planet's water... Unlike popular believe we don't have an infinite amount of water either. And - this is just my opinion - water is slightly more important than oil (or anything else for that matter)...
We can all see how great fracking has been for the planet...
originally posted by: Gemwolf
An Audi research facility in Dresden, Germany, has managed to create the first batches of diesel fuel with a net-zero carbon footprint — made from carbon dioxide (CO2), water and renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power.
Manufacturing involves first breaking down steam into hydrogen and oxygen through high-temperature electrolysis. The hydrogen then reacts with CO2 to create a liquid called “blue crude.” This is then refined to make the e-diesel.
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How many times have we heard this exact same story? "Brand new environmentally friendly fuel invented!" - never to hear anything about it ever again. The usual reasoning is that oil companies buy the inventions/bio fuels to ensure that we have to rely on oil to keep moving... This time, it may be different seeing that Audi isn't exactly just some guy in his garage willing to "sell out".
Car companies have been working towards fuel efficient cars in the past 5 years or so, with a lot of electric cars seeing the light, i.e. car companies have definitely changed their attitude towards the oil companies and environmentalists... So, I think this may be different for a change. If someone's going to bring us an alternative to oil, I can imagine it being Audi...
Here's to hoping...
originally posted by: Justoneman
a reply to: AkaDeDrow
I think it will shut up the "CO2 is creating a planet wide disaster" crowd. I am for it.
I am off to work sorry for the multi posts......