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projects:air2fuel [2016/03/14 10:21] (current)
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 +===== Introduction =====
  
 +The aim of this project is to:
 +
 +  - Explore the feasibility of producing fuel from air on a residential scale.
 +  - Explore the efficiency of production of fuel
 +  - Explore the feasibility of producing residential-use amounts of fuel using solar resources.
 +
 +===== Project Roadmap =====
 +
 +  - Create a Pressure Swing Adsorption dehydrator/​concentrator : This takes atmospheric air, filters out particulates,​ compresses the air, removes water, and produces a high-concentration carbon dioxide stream.
 +  - Pass the carbon dioxide over a catalytic bed which converts the carbon dioxide directly to an alcohol based fuel, or converts it to carbon monoxide (CO).
 +  - (Optional) Pass the formed carbon monoxide (CO) over a catalytic bed with hydrogen gas to form hydrocarbon based fuel (petrol, diesel)
 +
 +===== Latest Update =====
 +
 +==== 06/01/2014 ====
 +
 +A 19" server rack was purchased for this project to house all of the equipment. Power distribution to the various devices in each stage is to be achieved with 2x 6-socket rackmount powerboards which have been fitted into the rack. I am planning to use Raspberry Pi's as controllers - while they are very overpowered for this project, they are very flexible in development and debugging. As a result, communications between the controllers and the host will be achieved via Ethernet. I had a spare 8-port Gigabit switch at home which has been re purposed for this project, and subsequently mounted into the rack. I have installed a lockable rack drawer to hold some of my tools. I have found out however, due to how useful the drawers are, that I may actually use them to house the controllers - they are lockable, easy to open without removal for debugging, and can be supported in the rack without rack rails, and at only $140 delivered each, they are pretty darn cheap.
 +
 +{{http://​users.tpg.com.au/​adslp5v9/​hsbne-a2f/​a2f-06-01-2014-1.JPG|Rack}}
 +
 +===== Previous Updates =====
 +
 +===== Bill of materials / Costing =====
 +
 +  * Server rack ($400)
 +  * 2x Power distribution boards ($65.34)
 +  * 1x 8-port TP-Link Gigabit Switch ($73)
 +  * 100x pack of Rack Studs ($60.50)
 +  * 1x 19" 4RU rack drawer ($140)
 +
 +===== Total project cost to date: =====
 +
 +$738.84