BLUFTurning air into jet-ready kerosene fuel using a solar refinery isn’t a fantasy but is close to being a reality.
Tim Newcomb writing in Popular Mechanics, makes the following points:
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) and water are extracted from the air and split using solar energy.
- Produces syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which is then made into kerosene.
- The solar reactor is the critical component.
- Swiss Air Lines will use solar kerosene.
- Aviation fuel was selected as it’s a significant carbon emitter.
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References from the Web:
- JUL 2022 Solar jet fuel production from CO2 and water scaled up in field demo-ChemistryWorld
- JUL 2022 Scientists use solar power to create jet fuel from water and carbon dioxide-9 News
- JUL 2022 How to make jet fuel from sunlight, air and water vapor-Science News