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A Revolutionary Alternative Fuel Process from BGU

A Revolutionary Alternative Fuel Process from BGU

November 14, 2013

Alternative Energy, Natural Sciences

The Times of Israel — BGU researchers have discovered a revolutionary method for producing alternative liquid fuel from two of the most common substances on earth: hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

“The new process will become the dominant technology by which liquid fuel is produced,” says one of the lead researchers, BGU Prof. Moti Herskowitz, the University’s vice president and dean of research and development. Prof. Herskovitz is also the Israel Cohen Chair in Chemical Engineering and the director of BGU’s Blechner Center of Industrial Catalysis and Process Development.

Prof. Moti Herskovitz

Prof. Moti Herskovitz

It was developed at the Blechner Center by Prof. Herskowitz, Prof. Miron Landau and Dr. Roxana Vidruk and a team of researchers.

The world is in great need of a sustainable alternative fuel source. Crude oil has limited availability and turning it into liquid fuel causes significant damage to the atmosphere. What’s more, current alternatives, such as electic cars, are simply not taking hold.

In fact, the United States Energy Information Administration has predicted that that by 2035 electric cars will account for less than five percent of the total sales.

The BGU team believes that its new discovery can be the solution because it does not face the same technological roadblocks as electric cars and other alternative fuel options, specifically production and delivery infrastructure.

The “green feed” is similar in substance to synthetic crude oil and could be turned into a liquid fuel using the technology that converts syncrude, and it can be delivered to gas stations using the current infrastructure.

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