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Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Technology |

Converting seawater into fuel for fighter jets

Converting seawater into fuel for fighter jets

This is the new development would be close to completion within the laboratories of the U.S. Navy. Scientists and researchers say they are very close to achieving the transformation of into jet fuel .

The development is taking place from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, a work for removing carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas produced from seawater. As researchers have, the key is to turn carbon dioxide and hydrogen into hydrocarbons that can be used to develop JP-5 and have it in stock.

JP-5 is a kerosene-based fuel, a mixture of different hydrocarbons, alkanes, cycloalkanes and aromatic hydrocarbons. This is the main aviation fuel loaded with jet engines, which “feeds” Navy U.S. aircraft. According to the researchers, the production of it from sea water would save the Navy transfers the execution itself dangerous. This is reflected Heather Willauer, one of the researchers:

The potential benefit is the ability to produce stocks of JP-5 fuel at sea to reduce the logistics tail fuel delivery without environmental impact and increase the security of the Navy.

An advance is not without controversy. Republicans in Congress have fought against this and similar investments of the Navy in its attempt to develop alternative fuels. The argument is that the Navy can not afford to try to create fuel from seawater when the defense budget is being cut.

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