Green Technology Spotlight: Seawater Into Fuel

The US Navy announced they have successfully developed a process that not only produces jet fuel from seawater, but it removes carbon at the same time.

According to researchers at the Naval Research Lab (NRL), the technology removes carbon from seawater and simultaneously produces hydrogen, which is then converted into liquid fuel. Besides the obvious advantage of eliminating the enormous quantity of fossil fuels needed to propel ships, the Navy would simply refuel at sea, whenever they need to.

"That would be game-changing for logistics and readiness," Vice Admiral Philip Cullom told Agence-France Presse.

Navy scientists say the fueling system could be commercially viable in 7-10 years starting out at about $3-6 dollars a gallon.

It’s been used to fly a prototype:

Navy Seawater to Fuel

"In close collaboration with the Office of Naval Research P38 Naval Reserve program, NRL has developed a game changing technology for extracting, simultaneously, CO2 and H2 from seawater," says Dr. Heather Willauer, NRL research chemist. "This is the first time technology of this nature has been demonstrated with the potential for transition, from the laboratory, to full-scale commercial implementation."

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