While the vast majority of companies focus on reducing their own carbon emissions, a new initiative has succeeded in producing jet fuel by using CO2 in the atmosphere and making it sustainable. It is thought that at least 10 percent of carbon emissions could be “reduced” thanks to the study, which is currently small-scale.
Carbon Dioxide turns into Jet fuel
A startup specializing in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to create jet fuel from CO2 in the air $65 million with the U.S. Department of Defense signed a contract. The contract aims to advance research and development of the system that can extract CO2 from the air and convert it into fuel grade alcohols and paraffin. Air Company will fund the venture.
Air Company already had a process to convert CO2 into jet fuel. About this procedure publisher of the The company claims it has eliminated a step in the nearly 100-year-old Fischer-Tropsch process. This project is very interesting, involving the generation, harvesting and storage of CO2 from industrial maize fermentation. After system fermentation It uses water electrolysis to produce hydrogen gas (H2) and oxygen (O2).
O2 aka O2 Most of the Oxygen is produced by trees and released into the atmosphere, CO2 captured with H2 can feed the reactor through a catalyst and produce the fuel. As a result of the chemical reaction, ethanol, methanol, water and paraffin were produced. By the method of distillation, these components are vodka, perfume , hand sanitizer and can be separated for use in other products such as SAF.
The company is yet to produce enough to impact global CO2 levels. However CEO Gregory ConstantineScalable production through Air Company and other companies seems likely. It is thought that if fuel-dependent industries switch to SAF, this could reduce carbon emissions by more than 10 percent.
Constantine told USA Today, “These contracts [bizim] It allows us to focus on the growth and development of technology. The core of our technology really focuses on the use of carbon.” said.
Unfortunately, this big goal of the company in terms of adaptability is still a long way off. The Department of Defense contract could help Air Company improve its process and set up a large-scale manufacturing facility, but it seems a little difficult for multiple companies to produce enough SAF to feed the entire aerospace industry. Another challenge is that most regulators impose certain restrictions on the use of SAF.
Constantine, “With current law and regulation, there are mix limits that we must comply with. There are components in the fuel we create that should not be mixed. We hope that over the next few years these blend limits will increase and regulations will eventually allow the use of 100 percent SAF.” said.
Air Company has already signed contracts to supply SAF to three airlines—Boom, JetBlue, and Virgin Atlantic. This number is expected to increase as the company’s research grows.