British engineers create “gas from air” in groundbreaking energy development

Written By: Thatcher Michelsen October 22, 2012 0
British scientists are perfecting a process that could one day create usable gasoline from the air we breathe.
British scientists are perfecting a process that could one day create usable gasoline from the air we breathe.

English engineering firm Air Fuel Synthesis' (AFS) name sums up their goal perfectly: to create a viable energy source that utilizes the very air we breathe. Now, according to recent reports, they are beginning to do just that.

The organization, which won the Cleantech Investor Future Transport Challenge award this August, could be on the cusp of changing the way that human civilization derives its energy.

British news source The Independent reported in an article from October 19 that the company is planning to put together a commercial-sized operation. For now, however, they are concentrating on streamlining their production process.

"We've taken carbon dioxide from air and hydrogen from water and turned these elements into petrol," AFS CEO Peter Harrison told the source. "We don't have any of the additives and nasty bits found in conventional petrol, and yet our fuel can be used in existing engines."

According to The Independent, AFS plans to create a consumer product that can be mixed with conventional fuels, thus cutting down its environmental impact and boosting gas mileage. However, within the next five years, they hope to have a facility that is pumping out a gasoline alternative.

Beyond that, the British organization intends to experiment with ways to produce the "air fuel" without relying on fossil fuel-derived electricity. Harrison told The Independent that he envisioned production plants that produce their own power from wind and sea-based generators. Furthermore, he said the company was working on ways to improve carbon capture technology, which gathers CO2 from the air to be used in energy production. Current practices, industry experts say, are too costly to provide any real value.

The next several years could see more groundbreaking results like this one which dramatically alter the global energy economy. Look to LifeIsGreen.com for more information about green technology and renewable energy breakthroughs as they occur.

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