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Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Science |

U.S. Navy uses seawater to create jet fuel

U.S. Navy uses seawater to create jet fuel

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington are working on a process that can create Jet fuel from seawater, to achieve make this dream reality, naval aircraft would be able to carry out all missions beat them wants without having to worry about fossil fuel reserves.

The idea behind this process is to remove carbon dioxide and hydrogen as raw material for fuel. Under NRL may be more efficient carbon dioxide extract of sea water of the same concentration as the air in the ocean is 140 times larger than that of air.

To be able to separate carbon dioxide and hydrogen from other elements in the water, NRL has developed a cell-based electrochemical acidification of chlorine dioxide residue left as sodium hydroxide. Since both items in hand, the next step would be to get rid of the methane gas for olefins, a kind of hydrocarbon.

A further process converts these olefins in liquid so that finally, using a nickel-based catalyst, can be converted in the liquid jet fuel.

Laboratory tests have been satisfactory and give a very interesting: a gallon of jet fuel could cost between $ 3 and $ 6, more or less the cost of gasoline in the United States.

Link: U.S. Navy Uses Seawater to Make Jet Fuel on the Go (Clean Technica)

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