Ineratec has launched testing in Finland of a plant capable of converting CO 2 from the atmosphere into liquid fuels: kerosene, diesel, gasoline. And this is not an experimental technology, but a prototype of a commercial product that will enter the market in a year and a half maximum.
The technology for the extraction and processing of CO 2, the most widespread air pollutant, was developed at the University of Karlsruhe and is called the Soletair Project. It is a new type of chemical reactor that uses solar energy and hydrolysis to convert gases to liquid with hydrogen. More precisely, into a liquid energy carrier - all that remains is to give it a specific composition.
The Soletair Project has two key qualities: it can be adapted to handle a variety of gases and it has a mobile design. During 2017, engineers will conduct a series of experiments with the aim of organizing the production of fuel from waste throughout Finland. From landfill methane, compost heaps, sewage treatment plants, exhaust gases from industrial power plants, etc.
The Soletair Project is a real alternative to both expensive systems for cleaning emissions into the atmosphere and chemical gas-liquid conversion plants. Finnish scientists have been instructed to optimize and secure the process of generating hydrogen as a consumable. If they succeed, the product will be available on the market by mid-2018.