November 28, 2011

Renewable Natural Gas

Interesting idea - use sunlight, waste water and CO2 to create renewable natural gas - No fracking required 

HyperSolar says its technology is inspired by photosynthesis. It is developing a novel solar-powered nano-particle system that mimics photosynthesis to separate hydrogen from water. The free hydrogen can then be reacted with carbon dioxide to produce methane, the primary component in natural gas.

There is a frantic search for natural gas at the moment, which has become a cause of concern amongst environmentalists. The film Gasland, which shows the hazards associated with fracking, was even nominated for the Best Documentary category at the Oscars earlier this year. HyperSolar's idea is to provide a clean alternative, with an eye on the billions of dollars invested in natural gas infrastructure.

"We believe natural gas as a primary fuel is a reality. However, the environmental risks associated with the extraction and usage of conventional natural gas is also a reality", Mr. Young added.

The promise is to eliminate the harmful aspects of extracting natural gas and preserve its existing delivery infrastructure and economy by fundamentally changing the source of natural gas from underground to above ground.
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