Pioneering British firm produces ‘petrol from air’ in breakthrough that could solve the world’s energy crisis

  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers hails the process as a potential ‘game changer’ in battle against climate change
  • Stockton-on-Tees-based Air Fuel Synthesis claims they can make petrol directly from water and carbon dioxide in the air
  • Within two years the company hopes to have a commercial-scale plant capable of producing up to a ton of fuel a day

By Damien Gayle – October 19, 2012

A British firm has produced the first ‘petrol from air’, it emerged today – in a pioneering scientific breakthrough that could end mankind’s reliance on declining fossil fuels.

Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, claims to have made five litres of petrol since August using a small refinery that synthesises the fuel from carbon dioxide and water vapour.

Experts have hailed the incredible breakthrough as a potential ‘game-changer’ in the battle against climate change and solution to the globe’s escalating energy crisis.

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