Company Says It Can Make Fuel out of Thin Air | TIME.com

Company Says It Can Make Fuel out of Thin Air | TIME.com:

Another article from my archives that I meant to share but just never got around to. I love how we put so much expectation into science to solve all the world’s problems:

Since August, England-based Air Fuel Synthesis has created five liters—or about 1.32 gallons—of gasoline by combining carbon dioxide extracted from air with hydrogen from water to form a basic hydrocarbon — the essential ingredient of gasoline, the Independent reported. The company’s chief executive, Peter Harrison, shared the development at a Friday conference at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London.

“It sounds too good to be true, but it is true,” Tim Fox, head of energy and environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, told the Independent. “They are doing it and I’ve been up there myself and seen it. The innovation is that they have made it happen as a process.”

It does sound too good to be true, but… Science!

Unfortunately this article is dated 23 Oct 2012 and a quick search of Air Fuel Synthesis (the company doing the research) reveals nothing dated later than 2012 and they haven’t updated their twitter and facebook since 2013. They’re not really a media company so they might be doing some stuff behind the scenes. But despite the usefulness of their research if it can’t get their work off the ground then what good is it?

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