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Diesel Made From Air

Companies in Germany and Canada have found a way to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into diesel. A German company produced its first ‘e-diesel’ in April. Another company in Canada have built a plant to draw in 1-2 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air daily, turning it into 500 litres of diesel.

The process of doing this has been around for a while, but it’s the technology to capture the CO2 from the air that are new and now becoming cheap enough to be possible. But it is the cost of electricity that could reduce the commercial viability of ‘e-diesel’, as it requires a lot of energy.

Fossil fuels are carbon positive, so burning them adds to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. This is of great importance to reduce the CO2 given the threats of climate change.

It is still early days, but we are looking forward to the possibilities of this technology.