Turning Water into Gasoline, and the Hope* of Free Energy

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*Free Energy as a practical matter of virtually unlimited generation from relatively small inputs has been demonstrated time and again. True free energy is theoretically there, too, somewhere. The “hope” is not that it will be discovered, but rather that it will be unleashed from those who’ve been working to suppress it.

Meanwhile, there is a stigma that comes with even mentioning free energy (read the one star reviews on this book of related patents, for instance), but I will anyway.

Nearly-permanent magnets, for instance, may not be truly perpetual (true free energy) but are very long lasting (probably years), and can be recharged in a reasonably simple way.

Engines that run on water (water fuel cells) have been demonstrated at a practical level by dozens of inventors, yet their breakthrough vehicles have disappeared as readily as the inventors themselves, several of whom have died mysteriously or suddenly. Stan Meyers is perhaps the most well known example (see video). Like other “different” people ahead of their time and selling stuff, he and his work has been dismissed by some on pretexts you may or may not agree with. Regardless, Meyers is no longer here today; one account claims he was poisoned while at a business meeting to discuss his invention.

But none of that stops the larger trend that is happening, no matter how much the powers that be try to suppress, or the people at large choose to ignore it.

This video summarizes a great deal of the promising, but ultimately, unrealized potential for society to change in dramatic ways, nearly overnight, with transportation and technology that would never again be dependent upon resources in the way that our cars and power lines have been in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Even if energy weren’t completely “freed” in the sense we’re all thinking, it could well mean that populations would no longer need to be captive to aggressive foreign policies and gouging utility prices.

New Breakthroughs in Industrial Reverse Engineering: Turning Water into Gasoline

Meanwhile, I saw this on Armstrong Economics, posted back in November:

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers have invented a process to make gasoline from water and carbon dioxide. Additionally, the German company is Sunfire which says it can take regular water, harvest CO2 from the environment, and make high quality hydrocarbon fuels — gasoline and diesel, predominantly.

The researchers say, “it could take 5 to 10 years to commercialize the patent-pending technology,” with plans to demonstrate it with 2 years (as of 2013).

The Jerusalem Post reported:

“The technology is based on novel specially tailored catalysts and catalytic processes,” said Moti Herskowitz, one of the researchers behind the new process. “Well-established, commercially available technology can be directly applied to the process developed at BGU. It is envisaged that the short-term implementation of the process will combine synthetic gas produced from various renewable and alternative sources with carbon dioxide and hydrogen.”

While it could take five to 10 years to commercialize the patent-pending technology, the researchers hope to see the demonstration plans within two years, Herskowitz said at the Bloomberg Fuel Choices Summit in Tel Aviv.

“Why not use zero-cost resources,” he said. “We could use carbon dioxide, water and energy from the sun and combining them together get real fuels. We’re ready to take off.

Ben-Gurion University added that the technology, being developed for Israeli strategic purposes:

“It is an extraordinary challenge to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen to green feed,” he says, “The technology is based on novel specially tailored catalysts and catalytic processes. Well-established, commercially available technology can be directly applied to the process developed at BGU. It is envisaged that the short-term implementation of the process will combine synthetic gas produced from various renewable and alternative sources with carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Since there are no foreseen technological barriers, the new process should become a reality within five to ten years,” he says.

Regarding other alternative fuels, Herskowitz maintains that his invention represents a game-changer. “The liquids that have been used over the past decade are ethanol (alcohol), biodiesel and/or blends of these fuels with conventional fuels, as will continue to be done in the foreseeable future. These alternatives are, however, far from ideal, and there is a pressing need for a game-changing approach to produce alternative drop-in liquid transportation fuels by sustainable, technologically viable and environmentally acceptable (in terms of GHG emission) processes from abundant, low-cost, renewable materials,” he says.

This project is partially supported by I-SAEF (Israel Strategic Alternative Energy Foundation).

Meanwhile, Sunfire, the German company mentioned in the above article, has this to say for their project (read PDF for full details):

The sunfire vision of taking water from the ocean and carbon dioxide from the air and using regenerative electricity to convert them into liquid fuels (power-to-liquids) and gases (power-to-gas) took shape over 20 years ago.


A Power-to-Liquids (PtL) demonstration rig which is the first of its kind in the world was today officially inaugurated by Dresden-based sunfire GmbH…

The rig uses sunfire’s PtL technology to transform water and CO2 to high-purity synthetic fuels (petrol, diesel, kerosene) with the aid of renewable electricity. So-called PtL fuels – also known as “e-fuels” – can be used in pure form or as an admixture in combination with conventional fuels, and are recognized as an environmentally friendly, resource-saving alternative which contributes to the fulfilment of greenhouse gas quotas.

High-temperature steam electrolysis The PtL technology is built around the solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) developed by the cleantech firm as part of the eponymous BMBF research project SUNFIRE . Step 1 of the PtL process sees the SOECs used to convert electrical energy to chemical energy. Hydrogen is generated using steam rather than liquid water. Step 2 – the reverse water-gas shift reaction – is again innovative, and involves the use of the hydrogen (H 2 ) yielded by the steam electrolysis step to reduce carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) to carbon monoxide (CO) for the third and final step: Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis. This step sees the carbon monoxide and additional hydrogen (in the form of renewable synthesis gas) converted to petrol, diesel, kerosene and other base products for the chemicals industry (e.g. waxes). The feeding of the heat released during synthesis back into the process ensures a high degree of system efficiency (70 per cent).

Proof of technical feasibility at industrial scale: The cost of building the PtL demonstration rig was with in the seven-digit range, with development costs also incurred at the various consortium members… The rig’s capacity for CO 2 recycling stands at 3.2 tonnes per day, and once brought into commission it will produce up to a barrel of fuel per day. Commercialization is dependent on further technological development and regulatory factors and scheduled for 2016.

Freeing Energy, Reclaiming History

With gas prices at their lowest point in many years, and a plethora of shale gas from fracking, these new possibilities may seem less urgent than they did just a few months ago – but likely that’s just the way the powers that be want you to see it.

Fracking is just downright dangerous, and poses a threat to the water supply. This needs to be phased out and abandoned as soon as possible.

The volume of oil reserves is hotly debated; many Chicken Littles claim peak oil happened in the 70s, others wink ‘yeah, right.’ The point is, the oil supply is controlled by political and military arrangements, and determine the course of foreign policy, wars and development. It is not a good thing to be dependent upon… any trade offs are welcome, with my personal reservations about fracking already stated.

While the development of “green” energy technologies is beneficial to a certain degree, it is a side benefit at best, as it has been used a political and economic blackmail tool that cannot be allowed to determine our course alone.

The environmental impact of fossil fuels has been driven by the degree to which robber barons have worked furiously to sweep innovation under the rug and steal history from those who’ve been shaping it… names like Nikola Tesla, Wilhelm Reich and Royal Raymond Rife only scratch the surface of the progress that has been hijacked to keep us under ownership and control.

The surfacing of these alternative fuel technologies can only be applauded, and hopefully their mass production costs will one day be in line with current option, or below them, pushing us towards a new kind of freedom after all.

Worth thinking about, anyway…

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