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Company Is Making Gasoline Out Of Thin Air
by Chris Malone,posted Jan 10 2013 5:19AM
The first award show of 2013 is this Sunday with the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. Two of my favorite actresses will be hosting, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and in true comical style they have come up with drinking game for the show. So break out the soft drinks or the adult ones, here are the rules:
Drink any time an actress cries in a speech.
Drink any time you see a person actively not listening to someone onstage.
Drink any time someone says, “I didn’t prepare anything!”
Eat a meatball sub any time someone thanks Harvey Weinstein.
Take off an article of clothing any time they show Judi Dench.
Take off an article of clothing any time Maggie Smith wins.
Here's basically how it works: first scientists collect carbon, hydrogen and oxygen from the CO2 and water that are readily present in the air. These raw materials are all that are needed to generate methanol, and methanol can be converted into gasoline. Here's the really draw-dropping fact, this concept has been around for decades, ever since the oil crisis of the 1970s!
So why nearly 40 years later are we paying more of gasoline than ever? Because the process of turning air into gasoline uses more energy than it makes; therefore not profitable...until now says one British company Air Fuel Synthesis. The company has successfully demonstrated in the lab that the technique works, that it produces a viable fuel, and that it can be made energy-efficient. The fuel is not only viable; the company believes it will be suitable for high-performance vehicles. But the biggest benefit of the fuel is its sustainability. Since burning the fuel only releases the same carbon dioxide that was already in the air to begin with, it is carbon neutral. The company is looking to move into a bigger facility and by 2015 hopefully producing fuel out of thin air on a large enough and energy-efficient enough process to possibly revolutionize energy sources forever and cap the generation of any additional greenhouse gases. Keep an eye on this company!