Thursday, December 3, 2009

Key Step Made Towards Turning Methane Gas Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at the University of Washington and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have taken an important step in converting methane gas to a liquid, which would make it more useful and easier to get.Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is plentiful and is an attractive fuel and raw material for chemicals because it is more efficient than oil, produces less pollution and could serve as a practical substitute for petroleum-based fuels until renewable fuels are widely useable and available.

If this is possible and easy to produce this would be a great way to replace oil until we can find a renewable resource to use. Methane in its gas state is very expensive to transport so that would not work because no one would be able to afford it. It is stated in the article that converting mathane from a gas state to a liqued state without the use of high temperatures is still fareaway, i think the investment in time could be worth it to have a new form of fuel we can use until we find a renewable resource.

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