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Breakthrough: "Petrol from Air"

Posted: 25 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:petrol  air  gasoline  carbon dioxide 

A small UK company has claimed that it can create petrol from fresh air. If the claim is real then this could be a "breakthrough" in true sense.

A company in the north of England, Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), has developed air capture technology to create synthetic petrol, reported Phys.org.

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 vapour.

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

The company expects to be in production by 2015.

AFS' product looks and smells like petrol but it's cleaner and clearer, without additives. The fuel can be used in any regular petrol tank.

The results so far are said to be promising but there are more development stages to go, said the company. AFS said power could be used from renewable sources such as wind farms or tidal barrages.

The company has used carbon dioxide extracted from air to make petrol, but it is also using industrial sources of carbon dioxide until it can improve on carbon capture.

AFS, however, hopes that in two years it will build a larger, commercial-scale plant capable of producing a ton of petrol a day. "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," Harrison said.





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