One Barrel a Day November 23, 2014Posted by stuffilikenet in Geek Stuff, Science, Star Trek Technology, Uncategorizable.
This gizmo can create a barrel of fuel from the CO2 in the air in about a day, sequestering (sort of) 3 tons of CO2 in the process. I’m not sure how they measured this, but it looks as if you could calculate it stoichiometrically if you were so inclined. The problem with this cheap, little device is that is is neither cheap nor little. It costs “seven figures”. It is but a prototype, so I expect that the number will come down and the efficiency (already a 70%–once again, how did they measure that?) to go up.
Using the Fischer-Tropsch process, the magic machine strips hydrogen from water and oxygen from CO2, and then combines hydrogen and carbon monoxide in the classic fashion you slept through in Org Chem. Yes, I saw you.