From: Eric Bland, Discovery News
Published September 10, 2009 07:13 AM

Navy to Make Jet Fuel From Seawater

By extracting dissolved carbon dioxide from seawater and combining it with hydrogen stripped from water molecules, Navy chemists hope to one day secure a cheap and steady fuel source for its fleet of jets.

"The U.S. Navy is surrounded by seawater and the Navy needs jet fuel," said Robert Dorner, a scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. who works on the technology.

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"In the seawater you have CO2 and you have hydrogen. The question is how do you convert that into jet fuel."

The answer, according to Dorner, is a modified version of the chemical reaction known as the Fischer-Tropsch process.

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