U.S. Navy researchers have been working for more than a decade on a way to tap an abundant and relatively inexpensive source of fuel. Earlier this month, the Navy announced it had successfully extracted carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater, synthesizing the gases into liquid hydrocarbons that can be refined to produce fuel to power ships, jet aircraft, and virtually anything else that has an engine. The discovery could give the Navy the ability to produce its own fuel while deployed at sea.
‚ÄúThe total CO2 content in seawater is 140 times more concentrated than it is in air on a weight-per-volume basis,‚ÄĚ Willauer said. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs so much more carbon in seawater than in the air.‚ÄĚ...
1) Alchemy check: Sure they may be able to get CO2 out, but how much energy does it take to do this? Are they coming out ahead? 2) Proxmire Golden Fleece check: How much taxpayers' money are they spending on this research? 3) Propaganda check: Reducing Dependence on Foreign Oil is a Red Herring used to justify all sorts of misrule. I don't care who produces the stuff, any more than I care who built my car. It's an international commodity, let the market decide. And our Western Hemisphere neighbors, not Mideast crazies, are our biggest suppliers.
no they couldn't. The ocean is too polluted with trash, to do that. On the upside, they probably could pick up the trash and burn that for fuel. since I think all of our modern carriers are atomic powered, they probably could use electrolysisand other methods to obtain useful material to run the jet airplanes and other aircraft they have from the ocean?