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Fuel from the air: a new technology from Swiss scientists

Scientists from Zurich said that for the first time they were able to get fuel using only sunlight and air as components. According to researchers, if this technology can be implemented on an industrial scale, we can safely say that humanity will be able to get off the oil needle. The basis of the new method is thermochemical reactions, which allow to separate its components from air: carbon dioxide and water. Then another heating occurs, as a result of which it is possible to split the substances into hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The synthetic gas obtained as a result of the reactions described can be used to produce fuel.

Scientists plan to open the first plant within five years, which will produce fuel in an innovative way, according to preliminary estimates – up to 10 million liters each year. This technology not only does not deplete the bowels of our planet, but is also absolutely harmless to the environment. However, do not forget about the strong oil lobby. While the sale and processing of oil remains a lucrative business, one can hardly count on the massive introduction of alternative fuels.


Igor Konchakovsky

Photo source: pixabay.com

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