Authors: Max F. Platzer; Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn
Addresses: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California Davis, California, USA ' Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California Davis, California, USA
Abstract: A novel method is presented to produce synthetic jet fuel from hydrogen and carbon dioxide extracted from seawater. This novel method is based on the recognition that the winds over the oceans can be converted into electric power by means of sailing ships equipped with hydrokinetic turbines whose electric output can be used to extract hydrogen and carbon dioxide from sea water. This 'energy ship concept' is described in some detail and a preliminary discussion of the technical and economical feasibility of sea-based synthetic jet fuel production is presented.
Keywords: Fischer-Tropsch process; jet fuel; synthetic fuels; electrolysis; electrodialysis; carbon-neutral aviation; seawater; hydrogen extraction; carbon dioxide; CO2; carbon extraction; wind energy; wind power; sailing ships; hydrokinetic turbines; aviation fuel; sustainable aviation; technical feasibility; economic feasibility; sustainability; sustainable development.
International Journal of Sustainable Aviation, 2016 Vol.2 No.2, pp.101 - 110
Received: 15 Oct 2015
Accepted: 22 Oct 2015
Published online: 30 Aug 2016 *