Exclusive: The scientists who turned ...

Exclusive: The scientists who turned fresh air into petrol

There are 7 comments on the The Independent story from Oct 19, 2012, titled Exclusive: The scientists who turned fresh air into petrol. In it, The Independent reports that:

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United States

#1 Oct 19, 2012
I love it. My kind of innovation. Clean and useful.

Houston, TX

#2 Oct 19, 2012
Well than there is the dirtling factor coupled with the Less than a Box of Rocks to convert fresh air into pollution.

Toronto, Canada

#3 Oct 20, 2012
SpaceBlues wrote:
I love it. My kind of innovation. Clean and useful.
Oh, come off it SpaceBlue. It is just a variation on the Fischer–Tropsch process (synthetic oil from H2 and CO) run in a totally uneconomical way.

They use CO2 from industrial sources for the CO2 input and H2 from water (decomposed at high temperature). The whole thing is such an economic and exergy dog that only if you had unlimited and free power could it possibly make sense.

While they have used CO2 drawn from the air, that part of the process is too expensive even for them to run for more than a few hours of 'bragging rights'.

Perhaps good basic research but by no means a breakthrough, not a source of fuel, and by no means a likely storage of energy.

United States

#4 Oct 20, 2012
Hey Fact, fyi:

Perhaps you'd be kinder towards CO and CO2 chemistry.

Houston, TX

#5 Oct 21, 2012

Now here is more fact.

United States

#6 Oct 21, 2012
Speaking of petrol..Now pay attention: the highest gas price occurred under the Bush management


See the spike in 2008. Then Bush (GOP) destroyed the economy before the Obama election, the price sank, of course. See it?


United States

#7 Oct 24, 2012
Students take control of four storey carbon capture pilot plant in the heart of a university campus


“This plant gives Imperial students the opportunity to run one the most sophisticated carbon capture pilot plants in the world – quite a contrast from spending time in seminars and lectures. We can create a range of scenarios for students, so that they can experience and help to solve the problems that engineers in the real world face every day. By providing this intense training before they begin their careers, we aim to provide our graduates with the best possible start and to provide industry with the type of high calibre, well trained employees that they are crying out for all over the world.”

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