Wednesday, April 21, 2021

NASA Produces Oxygen on Mars

Technicians  lower the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) instrument into the belly of the Perseverance rover.
(Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

On April 20th on the alien surface of Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover produced oxygen from the Red Planet's carbon dioxide atmosphere-- emitting carbon monoxide as a waste product. 

 

 Links and References

NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover Extracts First Oxygen from Red Planet

NASA's Perserverence Rover Generates Oxygen on Mars in Amazing First For Science

NASA develops 'MOXIE', a device that generates oxygen from the atmosphere of mars

Rover Makes Oxygen From Mars Atmosphere


Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Haru Oni Project

Located in the southern Magallanes, Chile, wind turbines will be used by Siemens Energy and several other international compaies to produce e-Methanol. The electricity produced by the wind turbines will be used to convert water into hydrogen through electrolysis and to capture CO2 (carbon dioxide) directly from the atmosphere. The hydrogen and carbon dioxide will afterwards be synthesized into e-Methanol (renewable methanol).

The Haru Oni project will produce 750,000 liters of methanol per year by 2022 with 130,000 liters of e-Gasoline produced from the e-Methaol. And there are plans to increase the production of E-Gasoline to 55 million liters per year by the year by 2024 and over 550 million liters per year by the year 2026. 

Methanol can not only be converted into gasoline but also into dimethyl ether, a diesel fuel substitute and into a variety of jet fuels and aviation fuels. Methanol can be used to produce electricity in natural gas electric turbines cheaply modified to use the wood alcohol. Methanol is already being used to power ocean vessels that have been modified to use methanol 

 

 Links and References

A new hydrogen reality: Fuel from wind and water


Monday, February 15, 2021

Vitamin D and Covid

A nurse works on a computer in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) in St George's Hospital in Tooting - Victoria Jones/PA

Giving high-dose Vitamin D to coronavirus patients when they are admitted to hospital could cut deaths by 60 per cent – double the benefit of the best current drug, new research suggests. Scientists from the University of Barcelona showed that patients prescribed calcifediol – an intensive dose of Vitamin D usually used for people with chronic kidney failure – had their risk of admission to intensive care dramatically cut and death rates significantly lowered......

Vitamin D for patients admitted to hospital could cut Covid deaths by 60 per cent

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