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