New Naval Research

Electrochemical Acidification Carbon Capture Skid (ECACCS)

Ship makes fuel from water

How Does It Work?

The ECACCS extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen in water and converts it into hydrocarbons, organic compounds consisting of carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Next, a nickel supported catalyst reaction converts the hydrocarbons into the ingredients for commercial-grade fuel.

How Does It Help?

The ECACCS will allow US Naval ships to not have to refuel, and they will be better prepared to protect our country. This can also help with transportation, like cruise ships. It is better for the environment, with less chance of an oils spill(thanks BP). 

Refueling will take significantly less time, as refueling now is a very hard and time-consuming process, especially with larger ships. The ECACCS will save the navy a ton of money too, as they will no longer need to spend money on fuel. This process also uses renewable resources.

Any Downsides?

All of the new machinery on the ship might act as a danger to the crew, too. Also, the crew of the ship would have to maintain the ECACCS, doubling their work load. As of right now, the machine is producing methane gas, which is very unhealthy to humans.

When Will We See This In Action?

So far, the ECACCS has been tested in the Gulf of Mexico, using stimulation to reenact real life situations. As of now, it is being touched up and made more durable, so it might take a bit for the ECACCS to be put into action. 

It Also Powers...

The ECACCS is also great for making jet fuel!

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Public - 12/1/16, 12:14 AM