Audi turns electricity into oil. You’ve read right

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Some people scoff at converting oil into electricity, well to wheel and all that, but wait until they hear this: Audi developed a way to convert electricity into oil. The company opened a pilot plant in Dresden, Germany, that produces diesel fuel from water, CO2 and electricity.

The CO2 is pulled straight from the air – as we all know, there is enough of the stuff. Electricity is produced by solar panels (at least at the Dresden plant …). An electrolysis unit splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen is then reacted with the carbon dioxide, and out comes a liquid, made up of hydrocarbons. Audi calls the stuff Blue Crude.  I am serious. [Continue Reading]