How ships could produce an unlimited amount of their own fuel

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The key is this special catalyst.

A new study shows that a lower-cost catalyst could help turn seawater into fuel on ships.

  • High-performance molybdenum is combined with potassium and gamma alumina to make a scaleable catalyst.
  • The material costs less than previous versions that worked as efficiently.

Scientists have taken a major step by improving a process for turning seawater into hydrocarbons. The barebones of the technology has existed since a landmark 2014 paper, but scientists have worked since then to make the process energy-efficient and affordable enough to use at scale in the field. This work could be a step toward that threshold.

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