Petrol from thin air

I saw this post on the blog of my friend The Political Idealist having read it in newspapers on Friday. It is of such potential importance that I thought everyone should know of it.

Another Great British invention in the making and if I may be a little provincial, specifically from the N.E of England where so many of the best engineers have lived not that I am biased.

My suggestion is that these people be given round the clock protection until they can work on a commercial level, given more cash than anyone knows what to do with and then have them give their possibly world changing invention to the world as did the British engineer Sir Tim Berners-Lee did with the World Wide Web.

The Political Idealist

It might sound like complete science fiction, or at least a distant scientific advance, but it is being done now: the production of zero carbon petroleum from nothing more than air and water. What’s more, it’s happening in Britain. Today’s Independent features the news feature, and we could be reading about the green solution to peak oil.

Air Fuel Synthesis is the firm behind the innovation, and they intend to open commercial scale refineries within the next 15 years, which is how long the business predicts it would take to make the process commercially viable.

There is every possibility that the technology will be a flop, the oil giants will buy it out (and its beyond question that they’ve bought out many a decent patent to delay their demise), or it simply fails to become a competitively priced fuel source. But what if we get lucky? The world would finally…

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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