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Published on Apr 26, 2015
Pulling carbon dioxide from seawater and recycling it into liquid fuel has been prototyped by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. It needs to be scaled up, and provided with inexpensive energy to drive the process.
Hydrocarbon bonds in Camelina-derived JP-5 can be shaped so the fuel has higher energy density than petroleum-derived JP-5. NRL fuel has performance properties superior to fossil fuel sourced fuel.
SMR exist today in the Navy, on carriers and submarines. USS Enterprise had eight A2W reactors. They can be built, and expanded modularity. They do not require a site license.
FY 2013 procurement and delivery at sea was $6.60 per gallon. 540 million gallons for $3.6 BB. Current procurement presents logistic and on-station issues.
Don Larson gave this presentation for eGeneration at the 5th Annual Small Modular Reactor Conference, 2015 in North Carolina.
The Molten Salt Reactors Don Larson cites as capable of generating high temperatures capable of directly disassociating hydrogen from oxygen in water (bypassing electrolysis entirely) are being designed by Terrestrial Energy and Flibe Energy.