Air Fuel Synthesis shows petrol from air has future

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posted on Oct, 19 2012 @ 09:39 PM
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Air Fuel Synthesis shows petrol from air has future
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(Phys.org)—Petrol from air at first glance from this week's headlines, claiming scientists have turned fresh air into petrol, looked as if this was yet another over the top claim about a killer solution to solve the environmental crisis and specter of global warming. Still, engineers in the UK believe a small UK company may be on to something real, a synthetic replacement for fossil fuel. A small company in the north of England, Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), has developed air capture technology to create synthetic petrol. The company has been running a demonstration plant in Stockton-on-Tees where it has produced five liters of petrol since August, manufacturing gasoline from carbon dioxide and water vapor.

"We've taken carbon dioxide from air and hydrogen from water and turned these elements into petrol," said Peter Harrison, the company's chief executive. "The unit we have here is a demo facility to show the processes can work," he said. AFS expects to be in production by 2015.

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A British team has developed a process they believe can produce petrol by extracting CO2 from air and Hydrogen from water. It's still in the early stages, according to the article they can't yet extract enough CO2 from the atmosphere without also having to use industrial sources to produce burnable petrol, which they are hard at work to improve upon. I'd love to see the day when a home-based system, using wind or photovoltaics to power the electrical component, can produce enough fuel for your average needs - it would be the ultimate survival tool as well.






 
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