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A team of scientists based at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have made a "revolutionary" discovery about how hydrocarbon is formed, learning that animal and plant fossils are not necessary to form crude oil.
The discovery, the scientists say, means that the world will never run out of crude oil. Currently, theory states that crude oil is formed very slowly - over millions of years - from the remains of dead plants and animals. Buried under rock, over time the pressure and temperature of natural earth processes results in the creation of crude oil. But that theory is now old ne
The idea of endless oil might be a bane to environmentalists and high-stakes oil production fields, such as Canada's oil sands, but most of the world's population will thrill to the idea that they will not have to give up their beloved automobiles.
Originally posted by stevegmu
I'm willing to bet the process is very costly and requires a lot of energy to produce. It's like the Segway guy who invented a machine which can separate and clean water from any liquid. It works great, but the machine costs $200000 to make.
A team of scientists in Washington DC believe that the solution to oil shortages, for jet planes at least, may be seawater.
Chemists working for the US Navy have managed to process seawater into "unsaturated short-chain hydrocarbons”, which, reports New Scientist, could be refined to make kerosene-based jet fuel.
We can use multiple sources of energy but I like electricity the best. Electric vehicles, electric motors, recyclable batteries. With electric cars, the energy can come from multiple sources, solar, wind, petrol or diesel motors, biodiesel motors, from the air, from the earth, from larger battery stores. Electric cars already do exist that are quite ample for normal daily use, and can travel a fair distance on a single charge. I'm not talking about the silly Chevy Volt.
More than 92 percent of Germany's aviation gasoline and half its total petroleum during World War II had come from synthetic fuel plants. At its peak in early 1944, the German synfuels effort produced more than 124,000 barrels per day from 25 plants
In February 1945, one month after Allied forces turned back the Hitler's troops at the Battle of the Bulge, German production of synthetic aviation gasoline amounted to just a thousand tons – one half of one percent of the level of the first four months of 1944
None was to be produced afterwards