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Make biofuel from C02s

2008-06-05 10:49

A new technology that can capture the CO2 from your car and convert it to fuel is about to be unveiled in Liverpool for the first time.

Origo Industries, an Isle of Man registered company headed by former British Army engineer Ian Houston, has developed a system that captures CO2 from your vehicle's engine and allows emission conversion into fuel.

Algae to the rescue

For many years algae has been the bane of South facing apartments in Cape Town and pool owners everywhere, but the green stuff has some interesting properties when exposed to CO2.

In an Origo supplied home conversion unit, algae and the captured CO2 are mixed and interact with each other to render bio-oil.

This bio-oil can then be used to refuel your car. Tax-free home fuel production of up to 2 500-litres a year is possible, which enables a range of 25 000km per annum for an average 10l/100km consuming car.

Origo Industries debut its technology at the UK's largest Green Motor Show, Green-Car-Guide Live! To be hosted on 12th of June from 10am to 4pm at the Arena & Convention Centre in Liverpool.

A variety of alternative fuel technologies will be on display. From Ford's Focus ECOnetic, with its 4.3l/100km average consumption, to the Lexus LS600h, a new hybrid-powered limousine, which averages a mere 5l/100km.

Sustainable motorsport and logistics

Beyond production cars, there will be examples of sustainable motorsport including the Oaktec Honda Civic hybrid rally car which recently finished second in class in the British Rally Championship Jim Clark Rally.

Jenkins Motorsport will have their 100% Biodiesel Racing Truck prepared by Fleetsolve on display, and the Mammoth Racing Range Rover off-road rally car that runs on engine oil made from plants will also be shown.

Amongst the other eclectic exhibits include a New Holland Biodiesel Tractor, an electric Smart Fortwo, a Modec electric van capable of lugging 2 tons and a Volkswagen Caddy van that runs on landfill waste.


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