Diesel fuel out of thin air becomes a reality

According to environmentalists, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere in 2012-2013 reached 400 units per million, which is the highest level since the beginning of scientific measurements. This year was no exception. So the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States recognized it as the warmest on record.

In several countries of the world, scientific research is being carried out on the use of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the ambient air as a raw material for the production of hydrocarbon fuels. A good example is two small companies - the German Sunfire, and the Canadian Carbon Engineering.

There is no need to talk about great successes yet. The resulting fuel is measured in hundreds of liters. In addition, a large amount of energy is required to obtain them, so there is no talk of a project payback yet.

The technology is based on the Fischer-Tropsch process, which produces the so-called synthesis gas. The raw material in this case is atmospheric air collected by special air intake devices.

CO2 is released from the air, which, after combining with hydrogen, turns into an environmentally friendly fuel. When it is burned, only CO2 is emitted into the atmosphere without any harmful impurities.

According to experts, the list of environmentally friendly technologies (electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel) will be replenished with another one that has good prospects. So the research laboratory of the US Navy has shown interest in the new fuel.