Navy working on way to use seawater as a way to make jet fuel

Posted at 10:23 PM, Sep 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-26 22:52:43-04

Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory say the seawater comes into play as a source of raw ingredients for liquid jet fuel, namely carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

The concentration of carbon dioxide in seawater is 140 times greater than in air. So far, tests in the lab show the process could produce jet fuel costing in the range of three to six dollars a  gallon.

Right now, regular jet fuel costs around 3 dollars a gallon

It’s an effort to make the fleet less dependent on fossil fuels, not just as a green movement, but also as a tactical advantage.

Refueling at sea can be risky no matter what the conditions are.