Using Natural Resources to Fuel the World

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

A possible solution to rising pump prices was rolled out Tuesday afternoon in the Brazos Valley.

Texas A&M and Synfuels International are using natural resources to create useable fuels.

"About 5.3 quadrillion cubic feet of natural gas could be converted into about 7-billion barrels of oil equivalents, so it's a huge resource out there," Texas Engineering Experiment Station Associate Director Kenneth Hall with the Texas A&M University System said.

Researchers say the high octane fuel not only burns cleaner than petroleum-derived gasoline, but it's also more cost efficient.

"It would produce a much cheaper barrel of gasoline than a barrel produced of crude oil," Synfuels CEO Ben Weber said.

"Any refining company could take this and turn it into regular gasoline we use in the regular market now. In fact, they would downgrade it," Hall said.

Synfuels and the AREF Investment Group say they are now in the works of developing the world's first environment-friendly and commercially viable gas-to-liquids plant in Kuwait, where air pollution is a major issue.

"That plant will probably be taking about 70 million cubic feet of natural gases a day and will turn it into approximately 7,000 barrels of finished fuel products, such as jet fuel and gasoline," Weber said.

Gas-to-liquid methods have been used in the past, but researchers say they have proven costly and produce bi-products.

Officials say the technology developed at A&M, on the other hand, will be good for the economy, curb emissions in the atmosphere and change energy as we know it today.

"I think people all over the world will be looking here and saying, 'my gosh, look at what they did at Texas A&M,'" Hall said.

Research and development of the technology has been done at a lab in Bryan.


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