Seawater: Is It the Fuel That Will Replace Oil and Gasoline? Navy Scientists Say YES! And Soon!

A successful Flight With Fuel Made From Seawater

Flying a radio-controlled replica of the historic WWII P-51 Mustang red-tail aircraft.
Flying a radio-controlled replica of the historic WWII P-51 Mustang red-tail aircraft. | Source

U.S. Navy Researchers Have Discovered How to Turn Ordinary Seawater Into Fuel That Will Be Used for Airplanes and Ships and Who Knows What Else?

Have you heard? “The United States Navy has figured out how to turn seawater into fuel and it will cost about the same as gasoline,” (AddictingInfo.org). This announcement was made by U.S. Navy scientists on April 7, 2014, but for some reason it was not heralded on the national news so that everyone could cheer.

Meaning no disrespect to anyone, but as you might imagine, there are people in this world who are now holding their breath, because their days of solid gold trim on their vehicles, on their bathroom fixtures, and on pretty much anything and everything they own will almost certainly be coming to an end. The U.S. will no longer be dependent on their oil and consequently supplying them with those decadent luxuries through our oil purchases.

Of course, like all other energy forms, much depends on lobbyists for Big Oil and how much money they will pay our Congress to defeat this energy form developed by our U.S. Navy.

How Can Seawater Be Burned As Fuel?

The seawater is not itself actually burned. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen are recovered (removed) from the seawater with a catalytic converter and processed into a hydrocarbon fuel. Our oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the air and actually contain at least 140 times more carbon dioxide than the air.

In recent years the ocean has actually become so full of carbon dioxide that its acidity has become detrimental (poisonous, to put it clearly) to the health and very life of many of the delicate ecosystems within the ocean. Coral reefs, for example, are becoming endangered as a result of the excess carbon dioxide in the oceans.

Coral reefs are not just beautiful; they actually help to keep the oceans clean and healthy by removing toxins from the water. They can manage only so much, and when overloaded they struggle to survive just like all living things do when bombarded with toxins. More and more often coral reefs are dying, because human habits that overload our oceans with carbon dioxide are basically killing our oceans.

Carbon dioxide has so many harmful affects on our environment that the fuel manufactured after removing it from our oceans, is in the minds of many environmentalists, the ultimate in recycling.

NRL (Navy Research Laboratory) Demonstrated How This Fuel Works With a radio-controlled WWII Replica Aircraft

The OFS (off the shelf) radio-controlled aircraft with a two-stroke internal combustion engine maintained a sustained flight on April 2, 2014, and its success means that making this fuel practical for all planes and ships is not that far off.

"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," said Dr. Heather Willauer, NRL research chemist. Dr. Willauer further stated, "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," (Naval Research Laboratory).

This technology could be in use in as little as 7-10 years depending on funding made available for advancement of this technology.

The U.S. Navy Nimitz Aircraft Carrier May One Day Soon Run On Fuel From Seawater

Among the largest ships in the world, aircraft carriers like this one, the U.S. Nimitz, will be safer for our military personnel, and more efficient, when they can make their own fuel on board, remain operational at all times, and no longer have to s
Among the largest ships in the world, aircraft carriers like this one, the U.S. Nimitz, will be safer for our military personnel, and more efficient, when they can make their own fuel on board, remain operational at all times, and no longer have to s | Source

Sources:

Less than 2 minutes, NRL film on how Sea water is converted into fuel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iavz7AnKI8I


WWW.Geek.Com

http://www.geek.com/science/game-changing-navy-technology-can-turn-seawater-into-jet-fuel-1590495/


CNBC.Com

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101564721


Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/04/09/powering-ships-future-navy-develops-technology-to-turn-seawater-into-fuel/


Naval Research Laboratory

http://www.nrl.navy.mil/media/news-releases/2014/scale-model-wwii-craft-takes-flight-with-fuel-from-the-sea-concept


MSN News.com: Science

http://news.msn.com/science-technology/the-navy-just-turned-seawater-into-jet-fuel-1


CNN.Com

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/tech/innovation/navy-new-technology/


Addicting Info.Org

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/12/navy-ends-big-oil/


USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/13/newser-navy-seawater-fuel/7668665/


Discoverymagazine.com

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/04/08/u-s-navy-can-convert-seawater-fuel/#.U1KKGCgQgUU


About the U.S. Nimitz Aircraft Carrier

http://manoa.hawaii.edu/exploringourfluidearth/physical/density-effects/density-temperature-and-salinity/weird-science-floating-aircraft-carriers

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Au fait 6 months ago from North Texas Author

Colorfulone, thank you for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts on this issue!


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colorfulone 6 months ago from Minnesota

I took some time this visit to read some of the comments. People are generally smart, and understand the corruption of world leaders and their desires to control everything for power and money.


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Au fait 8 months ago from North Texas Author

Pinto2011, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! Agree with what you say.


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pinto2011 8 months ago from New Delhi, India

This invention will certainly make history with its futuristic approach. Wish this comes soon to end the polluted monopoly of crude oil.


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Au fait 8 months ago from North Texas Author

Colorfulone, thank you for reading and commenting. If only this could be made tenable it would solve so many problems!


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colorfulone 9 months ago from Minnesota

I would be totally amazed if we ever switch over to something so genius, clean, and simple. We can hope for the best!


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Au fait 10 months ago from North Texas Author

Besarien, thank you for reading and commenting! Happy New Year to you too!


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Besarien 10 months ago

Hi Au fait! Yes, this will be fantastic for the environment. Plus, energy independence means no more stupid wars on the other side of the globe for oil. We are never going to run out of seawater either. Wonderful hub! Happy new year to you and yours.


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Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago

Au fait, have you discovered any new information on how this is going or if "big oil" has managed to squelch this to none existent?

Hope all is well with you my dear friend

Blessings and hugs.


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Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago

I came back to re-read this my dear friend. I am hopeful that all is well with you and that you had a good New Years day.

Blessings and Hugs


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Au fait 14 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for commenting and sharing this article, and for your high praise, which means a lot coming from you. I think the efficient part of producing fuel from seawater is what is slowing it all down, but hopefully they will have a breakthrough!


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Paul Kuehn 14 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Thank you very much for sharing a very good informative article. Yes, if fuel can efficiently be obtained from sea water, all of us should benefit. This is another awesome well-researching interesting hub. I am sharing with HP followers and also with Facebook followers.


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Au fait 14 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for sharing this article and for your kind wishes. It would be so nice if we had renewable energy that didn't harm our planet.


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Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago

I came back to re-read this article and share this hope that this will come to pass.

Hope all is well with you and you got some cool sleep.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.


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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas Author

georgescifo, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! Yes, it will be a great breakthrough when it becomes feasible.


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georgescifo 15 months ago from India

wow..this is a great news and if it happens a reality, it will indeed bring about a drastic change..


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Au fait 16 months ago from North Texas Author

Jay J., thank you for stopping by! You are so right. Spilling a bit of water would do no harm.

Have you heard about the 18 billion dollar fine levied on BP for messing up our Gulf? Then a federal judge cut that fine down to 13.7 Billion. A fuel that didn't cause all that distraction would be so much better.


Jay J. 17 months ago

You would not have a problem with a clean up if the water were to spill.

like wilth a oil spilt.


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for commenting on this issue, and for the vote and share! I think it will be great when we have low cost renewable energy that doesn't destroy the planet. It won't happen until people start investing their money in new natural energy instead of oil and more oil.


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DeborahDian 18 months ago from Orange County, California

Fabulous info! Just this week in Germany, the G-7 voted to set the goal of eliminating the use of fossil fuels in their countries (including the US) by the end of the century ... relying on renewable sources of energy instead. Seawater could be an important part of that change, along with power from wind, solar energy, etc. I'm happy to see people thinking beyond coal and oil. Voted up and shared!!


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for sharing your thoughts! I think it's more likely that our grandchildren will live in that clean world because things change slowly. What our Air Force means by soon is 10 years or so.


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DeborahDian 18 months ago from Orange County, California

I am so excited about all the alternative energy sources that they are discovering. Perhaps someday we will be able to live in a clean world with significantly less effect on the environment. Voted up and shared.


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

My pleasure, Au Fait. I'm all for alternative fuels in the future.


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Kristen Howe, thank you for reading and commenting, and for the vote! Glad you found it informative.


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Poetryman6969, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article. Agree with you completely.


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Mary (Tillsontitan), thank you for reading and commenting on this article and for sharing your thoughts. Yes, I think it's great news and maybe all of us together could put enough pressure on Congress so they don't scrap it the way they did the super collider in Texas -- you've read about how they paid 2 Billion dollars to dig the hole and then fill it back up, yes? Well, they're tempted to do that same thing here figuratively speaking.

I don't think I would make a good politician. People don't want to hear the truth. Thank you for the votes and especially the share!


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Kristen Howe 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Au Fait, this was a great article about the seawater. It's very informative and useful to know about the new fuel that the navy is using. Voted up!


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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you for reading and commenting on this article! It will be great when this becomes feasible. I think I put it in here that they expect this to be doable in 7-10 years, which by scientific years is soon. Look how long it takes to develop new drugs? Yes, that is a short time compared to the time it takes to discover, develop, and put many practices into wide use.

Thank you for the votes, the share, and the angels. I hope angels are watching over you at all times keeping you and your family safe and helping to pave the way to better things every day.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

Voted up.

Despite the drawbacks it is only through continual discoveries like this that the real solutions will eventually be found. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!


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tillsontitan 19 months ago from New York

Where are the headlines? Where is the information going to the American public to let us know this has been going on?

Perhaps you should run in the next election and let people know what's really going on in the world. You write such interesting and informative hubs, and even if this doesn't pan out in the long run, we should still know about it. Thank you for telling us.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.


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pstraubie48 19 months ago from sunny Florida

How smart it is that someone(s) put their heads together and came up with this novel idea. Hopefully it will come to be and soon, as this article suggests.

Have a lovely Sunday afternoon.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps

Shared and voted up++++


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas Author

Ezzly, thank you for reading and commenting on this article, for the votes and the Tweet! Appreciate your kind words. Wish I was a journalist with a steady paycheck . . .


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ezzly 20 months ago

You should really be a journalist for a newspaper, you are a mine of information, wonderful hub, especially as I live by the coast this is very relevant to me . Voted up and sharing on twitter.


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Margaret Schindel, thank you for taking time to read and comment on this article! It is indeed exciting and the sooner they work the bugs out the better.


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Margaret Schindel 21 months ago from Massachusetts

C. E., this is an incredibly exciting prospect! I don't know how I missed hearing about this before now. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful information.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

aesta1, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I would love if we could stop being dependent on other countries for our energy or anything else. I think a country that takes care of most of its own needs is a more secure country.


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aesta1 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Au fait, this is really interesting and thank you for highlighting this news. We hope that soon this will supply most of our fuel needs.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for sharing your thoughts and for the share with followers too! It would be great if we could better utilize what we have so much of, save money, and keep the planet clean too. That seems to be what is holding things up with turning seawater into fuel -- the pollution involved. Hope they find some answers soon.


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

Slightly off topic but I have been seeing more tweets and information of late regarding the desalinizing of seawater to provide drinkable water for all those in the world in which it is hard to find. Since the seas cover so much of our planet, it makes sense to spend the time and effort needed to find more uses that can benefit mankind. Pure drinking water is one of our most basic of needs. Hope this and what you featured all come to pass in the future and are made more affordable in time as well as the safety factors involved. Sharing once again.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! It would save our planet and everyone on this planet would be healthier. I read recently that scientists believe one of the ingredients in exhaust from gas engines may be contributing to or causing autism. It isn't immunizations as some people want to believe.

I thought gasoline and oil was probably contributing or causing a lot of illness because people started suffering more and more from serious diseases about the advent of the automobile and other things run on oil/gas. Diseases not caused by bacteria or viruses. There's plenty of seawater and it would be great if it could be used as a fuel.


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DeborahDian 2 years ago from Orange County, California

This is so interesting. We definitely need to find some affordable ways to create green technology that works. It would certainly ease the tensions we have in the Middle East, over the Canadian pipeline, and other issues!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Brian, I appreciate the good information you have added to this article and I agree that this energy source is by no means ready to solve our problems, and that it might actually make things worse if put into practice right now.

Hopefully, with time and determination, scientists will find a way to make the process of turning seawater into fuel environmentally safe and clean as well as economical, and free us from being so dependent on countries that at this time are not our best friends.


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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

I simply said that making jet fuel from hydrocarbons made from sea water does not seem to be a way to decrease the greenhouse effect causing global warming, which is the main problem facing humans. Your article is excellent, and I thank you for helping to bring this development to public attention.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for your continued interest in this issue. I really think we have enough people in our own country who have an interest in sabotaging this project without having to go overseas to find someone to do it. Lots of people have large sums of money tied up in Big Oil stocks and would lose everything if oil was no longer in demand. Some of those people are people you see everyday. They're not wealthy per se, but they are doing OK. If their oil investments tank, so does their lifestyle and most if not all of their retirement savings.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

B. Leekley, thank you for your continued interest in this article. I don't believe anyone has suggested this energy source is ready to go into practice yesterday or tomorrow. In fact scientists basically said (my last sentence in this article) that if sufficient financing is made available to perfect this energy source (in other words it isn't perfect at this time) then it could be a feasible energy source in 7-10 years. What do you think the chance are that sufficient financing of this project will happen so that the estimate of 7-10 years will be the case?

So no one has said this process is right now this minute perfect and ready to go. They have said it can give us independence from oil, and in time and with much more work be feasible. If it takes time to make it feasible, that means it is not feasible right now this minute. So why the stern accusatory tone?

Are you one of those people who wants to simply give up and scrap the entire process because you believe it can never be made feasible? Lots of people want to do that. Lots of them probably have their life's savings invested in Big Oil and developing this energy source to where it was nothing like what you describe in your comment is not something they want to see happen. It would wipe them out because Big Oil would go under.

You make it sound like I've done some terrible thing by reporting this project and it's progress so far. Read all the words, including the ones that say this process has a ways to go yet before it will be ready for general use, and it's going to cost money and time. The sooner people are willing to invest in it, the sooner solutions will be found for the problems you highlight.

Saying something isn't working perfectly and so we should scrap it and go back to the tried and true that we are familiar with even though that something is far from perfect either, never made any improvements to anything that I know of. Personally, I hope people will support this project both financially and verbally so that all those problems you mentioned can be solved. I think that would be better than America just throwing up our hands and giving in to people who hate us.


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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

When I Googled on this topic, I came upon the article SORRY, EVERYONE, MAKING FUEL OUT OF SEAWATER ISN'T GONNA SAVE HUMANITY by Martin Robbins. He says that the process would put methane in the atmosphere and so would be dirty energy, worsening the greenhouse effect. The process would also speed up the release of carbon from the sea to the air. And given that more energy is needed to make seawater fuel than is gained, the only practical application seems to be to use nuclear power on aircraft carriers to make fuel for the jets. A navy that worsens the word's biggest problem, whether with petroleum or with hydrocarbon fuel produced from the sea, doesn't seem commendable to me. And I don't imagine that sucking up the huge volumes of seawater needed for the process would be beneficial to the ocean environment.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for sharing your thoughts. Agree with you, but a lot of people with a lot of money that they would lose if these different natural energy sources were developed are not likely to allow it to happen soon. Thank you for the pin and the share also!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I sure hope they hurry with developing fuel from sea water.

With the rising cost of fuel these days and the greed of the oil companies, I would not be surprised if they have something to do with ISIS.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Yes...this latest round of what is transpiring in Iraq is having an effect on oil and gas prices again and it will hurt. Wouldn't it be wonderful if our country would dedicate more funding to projects like this and others like solar and wind energy...we would be less vulnerable to world events and reductions in oil supplies from other countries. Pinning this time to Awesome Hubpages and will once again share.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Good to see you again Glenda! With no TV I don't hear what's happening as quickly as I used to. Are they talking about gas prices going to $8 a gal? I haven't heard that yet, but nothing would surprise me since speculators want to squeeze every penny out of us that they can.

I did read today that we are removing our over 5 and a half thousand embassy people from the Green Zone.

Hope you are having a good weekend . . .


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Bravewarrior, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! You are correct in that there would be many advantages for our environment, not just the value of independence from oil producing countries that hate us. Yes it will help the coral reefs and all kinds of things by lowering the water level somewhat.


Glenda 2 years ago

Good grief this needs to come out right about now. With terrorist gathering in Iraq and out gas going to $8.00 per gal. This whole country needs this.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

This is very interesting. I think you're right about why it hasn't hit the news. The oil companies are more than likely stepping in to squash distribution.

Using sea water could actually serve another purpose in addition to providing fuel. With sea levels rising due to global warming, this would be a good way to control the rapidly declining coastlines and the threat of islands disappearing into the depths of the ocean.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

B. Leekley, thank you for reading, and commenting on this article. I somehow think those gazillionaires who have all their money tied up in oil will never let this get off the ground (or out of the water, so to speak). It would destroy them. Who will buy their shares if oil is made obsolete?


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your continued interest in this issue, Shyron. I doubt there will be anyone keeping this technology to themselves. The main thing is that big investors have all their money in oil and would lose all that money if oil suddenly lost value and everyone went to energy produced from seawater.


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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

If the energy from water technology is used responsibly, it might be a blessing for humanity. If it is put under the power of do anything for limitless profit corrupt corporations or governments, then it will be used without sensible balance and that will cause problems.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Writer Fox, thank you for commenting on this important issue! Agree with what you say and I hope we see benefits for our environment and our economy as a result of this breakthrough.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

The more I think about this the more amazed I become. I hate to think of all the greedy people who will try to keep this technology just to themselves, so that only they and their "good buddies" benefit. Is this the first and only time we will hear about this?


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

WriterJanis, thank you for coming by. I hope so too. Our planet could use a break from all the pollution for a change.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Fred, appreciate your question. I think the oil speculators in this country will be more concerned than any foreign country, because they will recognize their possibility of loss more readily. Most of our oil in the U.S. comes from Canada, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela and Nigeria. We are ourselves also a major world oil producer.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Vespawoolf, thank you for reading and commenting. I'm afraid I have to agree with you. It's really unfortunate because this new technology would be so good for the planet, and for energy independence for many countries, not only the U.S.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Clippy34, thank you for commenting on this article. You are correct in that 'they' believe they can get this show on the road in 7-10 years depending on investors. That's soon if you think about it. That time will pass before you know it.

As for the experiment you mentioned, never heard of it. We didn't do that one in any of my science classes. The U.S. Navy Research Lab says this is new and so I accept their word for it.

Take care . .


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Thank you Au fait. I understand. It' all good.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Jodah, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Also for the votes, tweet, and share. I think most people will accept whatever they are told as the reason why this technology can't be developed further. Most people probably don't even know about the Navy's announcement.

Appreciate your patience. I try to get to the comments in order received and I try to answer a comment on every hub that has one before I start all over again.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Diogenes, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I rather think it is all those gazillionaires who have heavily invested in oil that will pay lobbyists to influence our legislators to oppose this fuel.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for stopping by and commenting. Also for voting on and sharing this article.

Lots of people have attempted to do this previously, but our Navy says it is new technology and now they have made it work successfully. They say it is now a matter of investment in the development of this fuel so it is readily available.

Blessings to you and John also.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

This is certainly encouraging news for a way to lower America's dependency upon foreign oil imports. Great, informative article.


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WriterJanis 2 years ago from California

How much better for the environment this would be. I hope this happens.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Glenda, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Hope you are well. Actually the NRL made this announcement April 7th of this year because that was the first time they had actually used this fuel to successfully power anything. Why the media dissed the NRL for the most part is anyone's guess. Maybe the main media sources are owned by big oil investors?

The NRL (Naval Research Laboratory) says this is a new development for them and that whether it develops further is dependent on investors and our lawmaker's decisions.


Fred 2 years ago

Do you think the Arabs or Russians will allow this to compete with their oil business and drive down the cost of oil fuel?


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Faith Reaper, thank you for reading and commenting on this article, and for the votes. Yes, it would be so nice if we could be energy independent, but I fear Big Oil will send their lobbyists in to bribe our lawmakers, and their publicists in to brainwash the general public, and we will never accomplish clean renewable energy in my lifetime, or yours.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, I hadn't heard about this. It will be interesting to see what they do with this technology. My skeptical side says will never see any benefit from it. It would impact the oil industry too much.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for commenting, voting on, pinning, tweeting, and sharing this hub! Like you, I hope this will be the development that will free us from those countries we are currently dependent on and at the same time make our planet a cleaner, more healthful place for all living things.


clippy34 2 years ago

Can you remember performing the electrolysis experiment at school, separating H2O into oxygen and hydrogen.

So its nothing new.

The trick is to make it economically and at present it uses twice as much energy than the energy you get out.

I think what they're saying, is that it might be possible to achieve in 10yrs time.

In the meantime Au fait, if you beat them to it, you'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams.

Wish you luck.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This is the second time I have posted comments on your hubs au fait and they haven't shown up....maybe you won't get this either, weird!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Billybuc, thank you for taking time to stop by! Agree with all you say. :)


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Word55, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Many of us would find it worthwhile just to be independent of those countries that now produce our oil and who also hate us. We would also like using fuel from seawater, even if it were not the same price as oil, but rather 2 or 3 times as costly because it is a clean energy source.

I know some people look longingly at Mars and think how wonderful it would be to live there, but I'm not one of them. I like the greens and blues and bright colors on this planet as opposed to a desert of dullness. If we don't stop moving forward with the project of destroying this planet so that we are forced to find another one, we may very well find ourselves living on Mars or a space station somewhere hoping to find another planet to ruin like we're attempting with all of our might to do to this one.

Fuel from seawater is clean and renewable. Currently there are no millionaires involved in it's production. I would expect they are instead planning their attack on it to destroy the possibility of developing it further lest their investment in oil go down the tubes and their millions with it. That's what they've done with sun and wind energy and now seawater fuel will be their target. Hide and watch, see if that doesn't happen . . .


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Matt Jordan III, thank you for taking time to comment on this article and share your thoughts.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub, needs to be shared far and wide so big oil companies and Government can't suppress the technology. Voted up and shared and tweeted.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

This is great news Au fait. The more people that are made aware of this the better and less chance that the oil companies can buy the technology and have the development shut down as they have over the years with other gasoline replacement technologies.

Wonderful hub, voted up and sharing.


diogenes 2 years ago

I suspect these findings too will fall upon the altar of greed and need spearheaded by the fossil-fuels lobby in Detroit and the (mainly) Arab suppliers.

Like those who continue to manufacture tobacco products and cheap alcoholic drinks they have no concern for mankind's good nor its future as a viable organism.

I mean we have all seen effective electric vehicles continue to be marginalized and pushed off the map by these corporate thugs.

Interesting concept.

...and good morning darlin'

R x


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I got an e-mail a couple of years ago about a man who had invented a car that ran on water. I wonder if this technology is from that man's invention.

This is very interesting, voting up, UAI and shared.

Blessings my friend.


Glenda 2 years ago

Why have we not heard about this before? they had to know about this for a long time.

This is interesting

Glenda


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Fascinating hub! How amazing is that to turn sea water into fuel ... yes, let us not depend on others when we have the ingenuity to do something like this. I have always wondered why there are not thousands or millions searching with a passion for alternative fuel sources. Maybe they are out there, just like the Navy and, as you pointed out, it is not being made known to the world.

Awesome article. Up and more and away.

Blessings


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

This would be absolutely FANTASTIC if it is developed (as it should be!) and we become less reliant on other countries for sources of fuel. It would also be good for the environment which helps everyone and everything living on this planet. Thanks for publicizing this good news. Up votes, sharing, tweeting and pinning to my Do You Know This? board on Pinterest.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I read about this recently and it is fascinating. Let's hope it leads to more discoveries that can lessen our dependence on oil. Of course, we all could ride our bikes instead of driving, and then the problem would be solved. :)


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hi Au fait, Excellent article. Sea water to replace oil and gas ? Um, if it's not going to be more economical to us consumers then it may not matter that much as a major discovery. If the availability is more convenient than getting today's fuel then that's interesting. However, if it is only to benefit a few billionaires and I'm not one of them then it wouldn't matter to me. I would like to know if the sea water process would produce more and various jobs for American people. Thanks for the fine research done and sharing.


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Matt Jordan III 2 years ago from Gulf Coast

Good article. Good supporting sites. This is not new. The secret is to have machinery that can produce the volumes of H2 needed to power a given device that isn't as large or larger than the device itself. That's been the challenge. If they have beaten that, then seawater as fuel is NOW. I'm still skeptical.

But why not this? We already have liquified natural gas (LNG) transport ships. They are powered by skimming some of the cargo they deliver. This is dangerous stuff of course, and so is hydrogen. But if you can have LNG ships and LNG terminals, you can have hydrogen terminals. I suspect the safeguards would be very similar.

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