Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 20, 2012, 12:03 p.m. EST by Builder
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Air Fuel Synthesis Running on fresh air: British firm makes petrol out of carbon dioxide and water vapour
Drivers could soon be filling up with petrol made from thin air.
The breakthrough by British company Air Fuel Synthesis was yesterday hailed as the “Holy Grail” of green energy, as the process of making the fuel also removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to reduce global warming.
It could help solve renewable energy problems and creates petrol by using carbon dioxide and water vapour.
The firm has already made five litres with a pilot refinery.
It also plans to make fuel for planes and aims to build a commercial plant within two years.
It will be able to produce a ton of petrol a day, using wind turbines for electricity.
Tim Fox, head of energy at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “It sounds too good to be true, but it is true. I’ve seen it.”
Peter Harrison, AFS chief executive, explained the theory.
He said: “We’ve taken carbon dioxide from air and hydrogen from water and turned these into petrol.
"It looks and smells like petrol but it’s much cleaner and clearer. Our fuel can be used in existing engines.”
The idea could have far-reaching implications for the economy if it can be used on an industrial scale.
It could also solve energy problems in remote island communities which have access to solar, wind or wave energy but nowhere to store it.
It costs up to £400 to capture one ton of carbon dioxide, but the firm in Stockton-on-Tees expects to cut that dramatically.