Scientists produce petrol from air

A small British company has produced the first petrol from air, according to a report by The Independent newspaper.

Air Fuel Synthesis produces conventional fuel that can be used in a normal petrol car with no need for any conversion from carbon dioxide and water vapour in the atmosphere, literally creating petrol out of thin air.

As two of the main greenhouse gases, if scaled up to industrial level manufacturing, this process could help reduce global warming.

But that’s a long way off – around 2015 according to the company. Up to now only five litres of gasoline has been produced since the small-scale refinery initiated production in August.

So is this the miracle cure for the world’s rapidly depleting oil resources? Chief Executive of Air Fuel Synthesis Peter Harrison thinks so:

“People could go on to a garage forecourt and put our product into their car without having to install batteries or adapt the vehicle for fuel cells or having hydrogen tanks fitted. It means that the existing infrastructure for transport can be used.”

 

PEOPLE POWER TO BATTLE POTHOLES

Potholes are a bane to UK motorists. Every harsh winter sees more and more scares develop on our road network, but now the AA is using people power to fight the pothole epidemic.

The Streetwatcher scheme – now in its third year – sees volunteers donate an hour of their time to walk the streets in search of potholes. These are then chronicled to give an indication of the most ravaged roads in Britain. Last year, on average, 15 potholes per hour’s walk were discovered.

And these crevices are a real nuisance for motorists. Potholes cause serious damage to cars – bending alloy wheels, slashing tyres and breaking steering and suspension components – with motorists spending on average £1 million per day to rectify destruction by craters in the road.

It’s your help that’s needed to initiate action to repair nuisance potholes. This time the AA is also asking spotters to record potential hazards to cyclists, too.

Do you have an opinion on the state of the UK’s roads? What about your local area? Is it billiard table smooth or like a mini mountain range? Why not let us know below.

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