Navy turns seawater into fuel
The U.S. Navy has finally developed a way for ships to run off seawater and avoid reliance on oil.
The U.S. Navy's research on how to use seawater as a fuel source for ships has payed off. The Navy operates nearly 300 vessels that nearly all run on oil (some aircraft carriers and submarines use nuclear energy). But now, those same vessels could run without refueling, free also from potential oil shortages.
The process starts with extracting carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas from seawater before turning the gas to liquids with catalytic converters (used in cars). The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory expects that the new fuel made from seawater would costs $3 to $6 per gallon.
However, carbon emissions aren't non-existent in using the new fuel source. The Navy said that researchers and scientists will work with universities to make the new technology that does not contribute to global climate change.
While some car models have claimed to safely run on water, no water-fueled vehicle has been available to consumers, while cars that run on hydrogen are becoming more popular and developed by major corporations. Honda and Toyota could release hydrogen-powered cars on the market as early as next year.