It is well known that the use of fossil fuels (hydrocarbons and coal) in combustion engines and in other appliances and machinery where combustion takes place, represents a large amount of the global CO2 emissions as well as other undesired emissions such as soot, NOx and SOx.
It is also obvious that we do need energy to support the growing population of the Earth, to sustain the standard of living in developed countries and to grow the standard of living in developing countries.
Generation of zero or low-emission energy from renewable sources still represents only a small part of the global energy production.
What can we do?
Instead of “fighting” over the environmental consequences of using oil and gas potentially preventing development of sound solutions and potentially causing a lot of resources to be left in the ground, why not explore the opportunities provided by existing technologies at the same time as we significantly reduce emissions.
This way we may move faster towards a low emission society without going in circles, waiting for the results of comprehensive research programs and time consuming product and process development.
In this article our editor explains how oil and gas may be transformed into low emission fuel.