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FTN gets scientific: Water and fuel from Air?

December 9th, 2012 by Big Phil 1 Comment

It’s not often that FTN goes all scientific but there have been some recent news articles that have us at FTN scratching our heads a little.

First up we discovered, from various technical and scientific sources, that there is research to turn air into water. Now, I know what you are thinking, when pigs fly and all that, but there is a lot of truth in what they have stated.

First off, anyone who reads our articles or tunes into our radio shows and podcasts will know we are really BIG Star Wars fans. Well, way back in the original Star Wars film, Luke Skywalker and his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru were moisture farmers. They wanted a protocol droid to communicate with their moisture vaporators so as to help with the harvest.

So what does this have to do with water from air I hear you ask? Well, science fiction has once again turned into science fact as, just like Star Wars, scientists are using collecting units to extract water from air and then store it. Basically the principal is this: Air contains moisture molecules – the moisture molecules are collected into a “harvester” of sorts – the molecules then condense into a liquid – the liquid is then sterilised/cleansed to provides drinking water.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? True, but this idea has already been implemented in Iraq where the hot arid air is being collected and then used for irrigation. Granted this is on a small scale, but the possibilities form this research could have amazing benefits for any country that has a hot climate and few water sources.

So what about fuel from air? Well, it was also reported that a company in the UK has created petrol from air and co2 (carbon dioxide).

As quoted from the Daily Mail: “The technology involves mixing air with sodium hydroxide, then electrolysing the resultant sodium carbonate to release pure carbon dioxide.

“This is then reacted with hydrogen electrolysed from water to make a hydrocarbon mixture, with the reaction conditions varied depending on the type of fuel desired.

“The fuel that is produced can be made ready for use in any petrol tank with the addition of the same additives currently added to fuel. Alternatively it can be blended directly with gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel.”

The company who created this technology and process, stated that they were able to produce 5ltrs of petrol from this process. Now this amount may seem miniscule, but it proves that the process works. The company has stated that, in just a couple of years, they hope to be producing electricity for a power station using this process.

Now that would be incredible. All we now need them to do is produce 1.21 giga-watts and a flux capacitor!







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I arrived on Earth in 1977 and have virtually devoted my entire existence to cult films, television programmes and cartoons. I am a very big fan of Star Wars and Star Trek; I may struggle with foreign languages but I can order live Gagh in Klingon! I’m the Nerd that knows the trivia but I’m hopeless at sport!