The Royal Society @royalsociety The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Sep. 16, 2019 1 min read

The need to achieve #NetZero greenhouse gas emissions from human activities has never been clearer. The use of fossil fuels for transport is one area requiring urgent action.

Our new report outlines how sustainable #SyntheticFuels offer one solution: 

What are sustainable synthetic fuels? The report considers two types: electro fuels (#efuels) and synthetic #biofuels. Efuels are made by combining hydrogen with carbon dioxide. Synthetic biofuels can be made from biological material or from further processing biofuels.

Synthetic fuels have significant power output equivalent to fossil fuels, and significantly better than batteries, so they are an option for long-distance transport where electrification won’t work:  #EnergyTransition

However, these synthetic fuels are currently more expensive than conventional fossil fuels, although prices are likely to fall over time as processes are optimised and volumes increased. Further research will be needed to bring down costs and increase efficiencies of production.

The report discusses the timelines, research challenges and costs of these technologies and the areas that the UK has the research skills and capacity to lead in many of the necessary process steps:  #AlternativeFuels #NetZeroUK

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