Friday, November 14, 2008

Alchemy @ $.20 a Share

That's right....Alchemy is apparently being effectively practiced in Santa Barbera, CA

Alchemy was known as the spagyric art after Greek words meaning to separate and to join together.   And that's exactly what the folks at Carbon Sciences Inc. appear to be doing; making gasoline out of CO2 and H2O. 

You'd have thought that such a significant transformational announcement would have been met with instant media fixation and uproar back on October 20th when this was announced, but, I guess that Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama sucked all the oxygen out of this bit of news.  

Carbon Sciences Inc . (CABN:, the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into gasoline and other fuels, today commented on the source of hydrogen and energy efficiency of its unique CO2-to-Fuel technology.
Dr. Naveed Aslam, inventor of the technology and the company's chief technology advisor, commented: "Unlike other CO2 to fuel approaches, Carbon Sciences' technology does not use molecular hydrogen (H2) because the creation and reaction of H2 is very energy intensive. Rather, the company's approach is based on a low energy biocatalytic hydrolysis process where water molecules (H2O) are split into hydrogen atoms (H) and hydroxide ions (OH) using a biocatalyst. The hydrogen atoms (H) are immediately used in the production of hydrocarbons and the free electrons in OH are used to power the various biocatalytic processes."
"Our technology is not based on photosynthetic plants where sun light is used to drive biofuel production reactions, such as in algae. Instead, it is based on natural organic chemistry processes that occur in all living organisms where carbon atoms, extracted from CO2, and hydrogen atoms extracted from H2O, are combined to create hydrocarbon molecules using biocatalysts and small amounts of energy. Our innovative technology allows this process to occur on a very large industrial scale through advance nano-engineering of the biocatalysts and highly efficient process design," concluded Dr. Aslam.
Derek McLeish, CEO of Carbon Sciences added: "We are very excited about our novel process to transform CO2 into fuel. Since announcing this technology, we have been inundated by inquiries of interest from academia and industry. Because many aspects of our technology are trade secrets, we are not free to discuss all the details. However, based on our research to date, we believe that we will be able to demonstrate our technology within the next several months with a prototype that can convert a stream of CO2 into an immediately flammable liquid fuel."

Not being either an engineer or scientist, I can't comment on the relative merit, or value, of the claim by the wonderful people of Carbon Sciences, but wouldn't it be just amazing to be able to clear up the so-called "Carbon Problem" and at the same time put the folks in the Middle East out of business.  Wonder if this was the type of public reaction when Edison, the "Wizzard of Menlo Park", announced his "incandescent" light bulb?


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