From Seawater to Jet Fuel
The U.S. Navy’s next source of renewable fuel is in pretty ample supply: the ocean.
The Naval Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research are working on a project that would turn ocean water into JP-5 aviation fuel, the lifeblood for all of the Navy’s aircraft.
The technology is about a decade away from becoming a reality, researchers say. But if it worked, it would be a major pivot in the way the Navy operates.
Ocean fuel would allow a carrier air wing to fly longer. It would protect ships from risky replenishments at sea. And it would reduce reliance on a fluctuating petroleum market.
In short: It would revolutionize the way carrier air wings fly, the way carrier strike groups deploy and the way Military Sealift Command provides some 600 million gallons of fuel to ships around the world.