A Californian company has filed a patent for a technology which it says allows CO2 and natural gas to be converted directly to gasoline.
Carbon Sciences' Gas to Liquids (GTL) fuel technology is based on a chemical catalyst that converts methane and carbon dioxide directly into gasoline. The gases can be sourced from natural gas fields or coal-fired power plants, landfill gas, municipal waste, and even algae.
The company says it could have the system ready as soon as next year.
"The ongoing tragic events involving BP’s unchecked flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico further underscores the urgent need to reduce and eliminate our addiction to petroleum, foreign and domestic," said Byron Elton, CEO of Carbon Sciences.
"Carbon Sciences’ breakthrough technology takes us closer to a world without petroleum by essentially transforming pollution into energy."
The latest announcement is the development of a standalone system that, says the company, can reduce overall systems and operating costs and produce a fuel that can be used in existing infrastructure, supply chain and vehicles.
"We are very excited about the standalone commercialization of our CO2-GTL Gasoline module. This system will provide a sizable part of the energy industry with an immediate clean-tech solution for the energy and climate challenges we face," said Dr Naveed Aslam, the company’s Chief Technology Officer.
"Unlike other technologies, such as those for algae biofuels, that may require decades for commercial deployment, our plan for delivering a market-ready technology may be available as soon as early next year. Within a short period of time, we believe that the world can stop drilling for oil and start converting natural gas and greenhouse gases to gasoline.”