Scientists working on turning water i...

Scientists working on turning water into synthetic gasoline

There are 2 comments on the Star Tribune story from Aug 24, 2013, titled Scientists working on turning water into synthetic gasoline. In it, Star Tribune reports that:

A prototype solar fuel generator, which mimics the way plants turn sunlight and carbon dioxide in the air into energy and oxygen.

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LessHypeMoreFact

Etobicoke, Canada

#1 Aug 25, 2013
They are NOT turning water into fuel. They are turning water + CO2 + energy into a carbon containing chemical fuel. I wish them luck but if the subject line is related to their science, I expect a big flop.

The issue isn't feasibility. They can heat water to get hydrogen + oxygen and then use the Fisher Troph process to produce gasoline. The issue is ALWAYS to do it CHEAP enough.
litesong

Snohomish, WA

#2 Aug 25, 2013
Yeah.......

then will it be any good. We know that adding 10% to 15% ethanol(less?) to gasoline has screwed up gasoline burning, badly. Gonna be tough gettin' some r-t-ficial fu-el to burn in a gasoline engine with any efficiency.

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