The main problem with our Navy today is refueling. Other than nuclear-powered ships such as aircraft carriers and submarines, the fleet must travel with fuel tankers. So what if the Navy could produce their own fuel on their own ships?
A "molybdenum carbide" catalyst partnered with potassium has allowed researchers at Rochester University to develop a method to transform seawater into fuel for ships. This catalyst accelerates current methods of extracting carbon dioxide from seawater and turning it into hydrocarbons that can be used as fuel.
By using this new development, ships can perpetually stay at sea. Refueling can sometimes prove difficult, dangerous even, in rough waters. Producing their own fuel could be the new cost-effective, fuel efficient future.
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