Latest News: Air Fuel Synthesis visit the Royal Aeronautical Society
Thursday, 27 October 2011 13:14
Professor Tony Marmont and the rest of the AFS team were at the Royal Aeronautical Society 'Greener by Design' conference last week.
Tony manning the AFS stand at the conference
The conference was directed at for all those engaged or interested in the issues surrounding aviation and climate change.The topic of aviation and climate change is very broad, highly political and fast-moving. There were updates from scientific, economic, operational and legal perspectives, and attendees had conference sessions around:
- Climate Change & Aviation’s Contribution
- The Role of Technology & Operation
- Market Mechanisms
- Future Scenarios Debate
Of AFS's presence at the event, Bill Read wrote in the Royal Aeronautical Society blog:
"An intriguing alternative to the challenge of creating new aviation fuels was offered by Berkshire-based company Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS) which had a stand outside the conference. AFS is currently undertaking research into the creation of liquid fuels from air using renewable energy. A small unit powered by electricity generated from renewable energy sources draws in water and air from the atmosphere. The air is fed through a CO2 filter which extracts carbon dioxide while the water goes through a hydrogen electrolyser to create hydrogen. The hydrogen and water are combined in a fuel reactor to create methanol which can then be converted into different types of liquid fuel. AFS is currently working on a pilot project in Teeside.
“Because air or water are available in almost unlimited quantities, fuel produced by our system will have the advantage that it is unaffected by geo-politics or the availability of raw materials,” comments AFS’ director of research and development, David Benton.
AFS is currently seeking financial backers and technology partners to move to the next stage of establishing a large scale supply chain."
Below are some other photographs of the AFS team at the event.
Peter visiting the conference
The AFS team manning the stand at the conference
The AFS team manning the stand again at the conference
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