Converting water into fuel
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The idea is to develop a way to produce synthetic fuels cleanly and efficiently - bringing us a step closer to weaning ourselves from coal and petroleum-based fuels.
The process will convert carbon monoxide and hydrogen into liquid hydrocarbons using the Fischer-Tropsch process and solid oxide electrolyser cells.
The machine will be powered by alternative energy and convert water to steam, from which oxygen will then removed to create hydrogen. The hydrogen will be used to convert carbon dioxide, which has been harvested from the air, into carbon monoxide, and then both the hydrogen and carbon monoxide will be combined using the Fichser-Tropsch process to create hydrocarbons. One machine will be able to recycle 3.2 tons of CO2 while producing a barrel of fuel per day.