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Jet Fuel from Seawater

Written by , on December 15, 2013

The US Navy is developing a technology that it expects will allow it to produce jet fuel out of seawater. Carbon is abundant in seawater, with the concentration in the ocean being about 140 times greater than in air. Most of the carbon is in the form of bicarbonates with about 1% being carbonates. The […]  Read more »

Ammonia for Fuel and Energy Storage

Written by , on August 8, 2013

In November 1942, Belgium's public bus system was put out of action by the wartime shortage of diesel. Just four months later, the transport company's engineers had 100 buses running again using liquid ammonia as their fuel. Ammonia continued to be used as a fuel for about two years. Ammonia had been considered and abandoned […]  Read more »

Liquid Fuel from Electricity and CO2

Written by , on April 27, 2012

Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have reported inthe journal Science that they have "genetically engineered a lithoautotrophic microorganism known as Ralstonia eutropha H16 to produce isobutanol and 3-methyl-1-butanol in an electro-bioreactor using carbon dioxide as the sole carbon source and electricity as the sole energy input." Or, in […]  Read more »

$1.50 a Gallon, Zero-carbon Synthetic Fuel Claim

Written by , on January 27, 2011

Gizmag has reported that UK-based Cella Energy has developed a synthetic fuel that could lead to $US1.50 per gallon petrol replacement. The technology, developed at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, is based on complex hydrides, The development team was led by Professor Stephen Bennington in collaboration with scientists from University College London and Oxford […]  Read more »

Save Fuel by Asking Directions

Written by , on August 31, 2010

According to a survey carried out for the British insurance company, Shiela’s Wheels, the average British male motorist drives an extra 444 kilometres a year, and the average female motorist drives an extra 412 kilometres a year, as a result of being lost. The company calculated that motorists waste an average of about 1,660 litres […]  Read more »

Improved Coal-to-Oil Process

Written by , on March 31, 2009

Wired magazine has reported that Scientists at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have developed an improved technique for producing liquid fuel from coal. The process of producing liquid fuel from coal has already been used on a lage scale – in Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa  It’s not only the regimes that have […]  Read more »

Electricity from Exhaust Heat

Written by , on August 13, 2008

Researchers at General Motors and elsewhere believe that they are close to developing a thermoelectic generator which would use the heat from a car’s exhaust to generate electricity. The electricity would be used to reduce fuel consumption by running the vehicle’s air conditioning and accessories. A thermoelectric generator works when one side of its metallic […]  Read more »