New Technology to Develop “Petrol from Air”

It’s like a dream come true, producing petrol from thin air just like that, seems unbelievable but Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) officials had confirmed that this technology is true, the technology was recently presented in London engineering conference.

A small British firm presented this new technology which can produce petrol by using just air and electricity. The technology is named as “air capture” technology and experts have all over the world believe that this technology could be a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a savior for the world’s energy crisis.

For the synthesis of petrol, The ‘petrol from air’ technology involves taking sodium hydroxide and mixing it with carbon dioxide before ‘electrolysing’ the sodium carbonate that it produces to form pure carbon dioxide.

Hydrogen is then produced by electrolysing water vapour captured with a dehumidifier.

The company, Air Fuel Syndication, uses the carbon dioxide and hydrogen to produce methanol which in turn is passed through a gasoline fuel reactor, creating petrol.

Company officials claimed to have produced five liters’ of petrol in less than three months from a small refinery in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside. The fuel that is produced can be used in any regular petrol tank and, if renewable energy is used to provide the electricity it could become “completely carbon neutral”.

The company hopes to build a large plant, which could produce more than a ton of petrol every day, within two years and a refinery size operation within the next 15 years.

Peter Harrison, the company’s 58-year-old chief executive said that he was “excited” about the technology’s potential, which “uses renewable energy in a slightly different way”.

“People do find it unusual when I tell them what we are working on and realize what it means. It is an opportunity for a technology to make an impact on climate change and make an impact on the energy crisis facing this country and the world” said Mr. Harrison, a civil engineer from Darlington, County Durham.

“It looks and smells like petrol but it is much cleaner and we don’t have any nasty bits,” he further added.

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