|Magical Gas Conjured from Thin Air|
Temperatures are rising. Not only are environmentalists getting hot under the collar, but the world is too.
Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) in the UK has developed a system which combines carbon dioxide and water to produce a hydrocarbon base product. This base product can then be converted into most of the gasoline products we’ve got used to getting from oil.
It’s not that the science is particularly complicated; it’s just that AFS has managed to nail the end-to-end process and use renewable energy to power it.
Furthermore, the gas doesn’t need any special additives and can go straight into today’s cars without engine modifications. No batteries, no hydrogen fuel cells, nothing. Just pump it in like regular gas, from a regular pump.
“We think that by the end of 2014, provided we can get the funding going, we can be producing petrol using renewable energy and doing it on a commercial basis,” says AFS CEO Peter Harrison. “We ought to be aiming for a refinery-scale operation within the next 15 years.”
He’s also fully aware of the impact the company’s process could have on an oil-dominated world.
There’s a whole basketful of if’s and but’s, the most important of which are: 1) whether the scaled up process can run exclusively from renewable energy, and 2) what the cost will be.
That said, this is believed to be the first such end-to-end process anywhere in the world. Not so much “carbon capture and storage,” as carbon capture and reuse.
A holy grail for clean technology if ever there was one, and perhaps the horizon of a post–fossil fuel economy.
Source: GO MEDIA: Written by CHRIS MILTON