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Navy turns sea water into jet fuel

TG Daily -- Scientists at the US Naval Research Laboratory are developing a process to extract carbon dioxide from seawater and use it to produce hydrogen gas, which can then be catalytically converted into jet fuel.

They've successfully recovered CO2 and produced hydrogen using an electrochemical acidification cell, and converted it to hydrocarbons that can be used to produce the fuel.

"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," says research chemist Dr Heather Willauer.


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knutzAL
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 3:52:21 PM

At what cost?
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 7:17:32 PM

For those complaining about the cost:

Like most military research, this isn't for civilian use.

Yet.

This is to give the Navy a more secure and reliable fuel supply, so they don't have to depend so much on foreign ports and long lines of supply. Cost is secondary.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 1:44:11 PM

Great, now turn lead into gold.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 12:24:48 PM

at what price?
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 4:31:11 AM

Navy turns sea water into jet fuel? If they can extract CO2 dissolved in seawater and produce cheaper hydrogen and JP5, then do so. The ocean is very large and that potential fuel source would be limitless.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 4:08:21 AM

What is the cost of oil based jet fuel? Could the process go commercial and ease the use of oil for jet fuel?
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 12:46:39 AM

Cool
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 12:41:08 AM

Interesting!
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:54:59 PM

sounds too good to be true. got a down side?
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:26:10 PM

Good alternative, let's see if it works.
madison8359
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:25:36 PM

Good alternative, let's see if it works.
madison8359
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:25:04 PM

Good alternative, let's see if it works.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:20:33 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:16:57 PM

... recovered CO2 and produced hydrogen using an electrochemical acidification cell, and converted it to hydrocarbons BS chemistry wise

they could produce hydrogen from seawater; all the seamens' breath and jet exhaust would produce adequate CO2 ;-)
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:12:35 PM

Cool technology.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 11:01:06 PM

At what cost???
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:58:56 PM

3 to 6 per gallon, good idea but still just as expensive.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:55:31 PM

Thats interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:55:25 PM

impressive
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:50:10 PM

Well done.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:49:51 PM

COOL!
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:49:22 PM

Like most military research, this isn't for civilian use.

Yet.

This is to give the Navy a more secure and reliable fuel supply, so they don't have to depend so much on foreign ports and long lines of supply.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:48:59 PM

A LITTLE misleading? They have done it in a lab, not on a ship, so at this point it is physically possible, however practical or impractical it is. Headline implies planes are already aloft from the ship's chemistry experiment.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:48:22 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:44:04 PM

Good for you Navy. Nuclear power to stay under way. Desalinization to get drinking and make-up water and now jet fuel from sea water. All that's left is trolling for fish and growing oranges (against scurvy) in a hydroponic garden. Carriers would only ports of call for liberty.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:43:41 PM

Very interesting.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:41:57 PM

There is lot's of seawater out there, hope it works.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:40:49 PM

How cost effective is this? How much energy does it take to make this conversion?
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:38:49 PM

Leave it to the military
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:37:09 PM

No need to drill for seawater, @bojiway1. It's available at sea level.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:36:26 PM

Hope it's got the utmost safety in mind, as the young military personnel serve our country!
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:34:54 PM

If the Navy can catch their own fish, then they won't need to resupply their food either, @Rt118E.
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Buy a diesel car @lil_ebb and you will be. Jet fuel is practically diesel already.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:32:44 PM

Hope it works!
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:31:54 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:30:48 PM

No, @carpenter4u. It's the President's way to cut a very long and very vulnerable supply chain for the Navy.

Can't launch planes without fuel and tankers are very soft targets.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:28:38 PM

Waitaminute. There's no such thing as a free lunch. Where is the Navy getting the energy to convert seawater to jet fuel? From nuclear power?
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:28:04 PM

sounds too biblical to me.....
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ok
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Cool - Interesting article...
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intriguing
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Interesting idea.
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Obama's way to further get away from fossil fuels
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I'll beleive it when I see it really works.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:12:15 PM

What about the crap water in my toilet?
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:10:56 PM

Let the American people see the proof. Not just tell us O' we did this. Sound like B.S. to me. O' I can turn water into wine , do ya believe me ?
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Innovation goes on, and on and on.
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Message Posted: Sep 27, 2012 10:08:41 PM

If this works, and this is a big IF and We can keep the process secret the Navy has just solved all our economic problems. The Arabs can blow themselves or each other up and it wouldn't hinder world fuel supply.
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If you say so
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A liberal wet dream
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