Fire on an Oil rig
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Green Energy

The US Navy has seemed to have done something completely astonishing... Oil independence.

How have they done this?

Apparently they have worked on new technologies that allow for the capability of fueling off of seawater. They have figured out how to turn seawater into fuel and it would cost around the same price as using gas for fuel. It is amazing the level of sophistication and really, how cheap it is already. Hopefully as they perfect this method and make it more sustainable it will become cheaper.

Peak Oil

Pockets of oil are harder and harder to come by. The days of depleting non-renewable resources are about to come to an end. OPEC continues to come out with new statements announcing vast quantities of oil ready and waiting for refinement! This of course without any evidence of such quantities combined with independent studies showing the lack of oil available. Basic Economics would state the increase in gas prices is due to a lack of quantity. As a society we have become intimately aware of such price increases and some researches insist that peak oil has already come and gone. In any case, developing new technologies to serve our vast transportation fuel needs is a must. Luckily the Navy has come to our rescue in an untraditional way.

Green Technology

All fuel is made of hydrogen and carbon (hydrocarbons). When we look at the ocean, all of that seawater is full of these two atoms. The Navy has figured out how to repurpose these atoms as fuel. The fuel then, in turn, will be used for all purposes needed and could even become a commercially viable resource in the future. This is also great for disrupting the potential harm Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, have on the environment

The Navy has come up with a brilliant plan, inadvertently, on how to deal with a few separate major issues; oil independence and global warming. Through the carbon cycle the ocean accumulates massive quantities of carbon dioxide. The ocean has accumulated so much, in fact, that it is becoming more acidic every year. The process the Navy has created actually strips CO2 out of the ocean. This cleansing would not only help the environment through the disposal and up-cycling of a greenhouse gas, but it would also be a proponent of renewable resources. 

Energy Independence

This could be the start of cutting that oil pipeline that runs through your living room. Around 95% of the oil used in the US is for transportation. Even though we have come up with ways of using natural gas and coal, they do not have the capabilities of fueling transportation. Hopefully with this jolt to the system, our unwavering Navy friends have given us, we can take the reins and finally become energy independent.

Future Tech

As we look to the future we need to understand how humans effect the environment we live in. If this planet dies, we die. Consuming all the non-renewable resources is not a proactive approach to living, living a sustainable life is. Our children will have to deal with the problems we are creating today. Let's not give them a pile of garbage to swim in, but instead set them up for success.

Navy researchers demonstrate proof-of-concept

Creating Fuel from Seawater