U.S. Navy Turns Seawater into Jet Fuel, Flies Aircraft using Ocean’s CO2 and H2

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In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have successfully developed and demonstrated a revolutionary technology to extract carbon dioxide (CO2) and produce hydrogen (H2) from seawater, subsequently converting the two gasses into hydrocarbon liquid fuel. This fuel can power a jet engine without generating harmful byproducts.

U.S. Naval Reserve Commander Felice DiMascio, one of the inventors, commented:

“A ship’s ability to produce a significant fraction of the battle group’s fuel for operations at sea could reduce the mean time between refueling, and increase the operational flexibility and time on station. Reducing the logistics tail on fuel delivery, with the potential to increase the Navy’s energy security and independence – with minimal impact on the environment – were key factors in the development of this program.”

The laboratory has already used the new fuel to fly a radio-controlled scale-model replica of a World War II aircraft having an internal combustion engine. The video below shows the R/C P-51 flight:

Refueling U.S. Navy vessels at sea and underway, reveals NRL, is a costly endeavor in terms of logistics, time, fiscal constraints and threats to national security and sailors at sea. In the 2011 fiscal year, the U.S. Navy Military Sea Lift Command – the primary supplier of fuel and oil to the U.S. Navy fleet – delivered nearly 600 million gallons of fuel to Navy vessels underway.

“The potential payoff is the ability to produce JP-5 fuel stock at sea reducing the logistics tail on fuel delivery with no environmental burden and increasing the Navy’s energy security and independence,” noted Dr. Heather Willauer, the principal investigator for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, …

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