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October 30 2012

Excellent Idea of the Day: Petroleum from Air


Green cars in the future may still run on gas, but instead of pulling petroleum from the ground the source of fuel may come from the air. Carbon capture techniques are still hugely expensive (about $650 per ton of carbon dioxide), but a small British Company claims to have produced five liters (1.3 gallons) of petrol since August by extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mixing it with hydrogen from water vapor.

How cool is that? "It sounds too good to be true, but it is true. They are doing it and I've been up there myself and seen it," reported Tim Fox, head of energy and the environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London, in the Independent.

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