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Enzyme Makes Fuel from Air 2010-08-05

Posted by clype in Discovery, Science.
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An enzyme found in the roots of soybeans could be the key to cars that run on air.

Vanadium nitrogenase, an enzyme that normally produces ammonia from nitrogen gas, can also convert carbon monoxide (CO), a common industrial by-product, into propane, the blue-flamed gas found on stoves across the USA.

While scientists caution the research is still at an early stage, they say that this study could eventually lead to new, environmentally friendly ways to produce fuel — and eventually petrol — from thin air. (more…)