From sunlight to synfuels

Discussion in 'General Science' started by bertus, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. bertus

    Thread Starter Administrator

    Apr 5, 2008
  2. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    There have been quite a few articles on similar projects. It is possible to use an organic PN junction to create hydrogen instead of electricity. Ultimately projects like these are where the future is.
  3. retched

    AAC Fanatic!

    Dec 5, 2009
    Thats pretty interesting.

    Gives quite a bit to think about.
  4. GetDeviceInfo

    Senior Member

    Jun 7, 2009
    here in Alberta (and other places worldwide), we dig a bore hole into a seam of coal, and/or petroleum, ignite the fuel and then pump water into the reaction zone. The results are a high content hydrogen gas (syngas) that is then typically used for electrical generation. The process leaves much of the noxious pollutants within the slag residue, downhole. The gas can also be 'scrubbed' to further extract undesirables (sulphur being a common component). The process in general terms is coalbed gasification.

    The common complaint from environmentalists is the relatively large water requirements. The purity of your fuel source will dictate the purity of your emissions, both in terms of enduse combustion byproducts as well as process byproducts.