London: A small British firm claimed to have developed a revolutionary new technology that can produce petrol using just air and electricity. A company in the north of England has developed the air capture technology to create synthetic petrol which experts have hailed as a potential game changer in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis.
The petrol from air technology involves taking sodium hydroxide and mixing it with carbon dioxide before ‘electrolysing’ the sodium carbonate that it produces to form pure carbon dioxide. Hydrogen is then produced by electrolysing water vapour captured with a dehumidifier. The company, Air Fuel Syndication, uses the carbon dioxide and hydrogen to produce methanol which in turn is passed through a gasoline fuel reactor, creating petrol.