Unless you come straight out of a prehistoric cave, you have heard of the setbacks of the aviation industry which is struggling to recover from the coronavirus crisis due to their abysmal losses. This pandemic was also an opportunity for the giants of the sector to think lightly about the future of aeronautics, which wants to be cleaner for the environment. Researchers are therefore working on a project aiming to manufacture a zero emission liquid aircraft fuel from CO2.
What is such technology used for?
Today the aeronautical industry is considered to be one of the most polluting on the planet.
However, the giants of the sector are looking for ways and means to reduce the carbon footprint of their field of activity. The idea is ultimately to no longer generate the least carbon molecule linked to the exploitation of the sky for the transport of goods and people.
The purpose of jet fuel that we are talking about here is therefore mainly linked to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. The big advantage being that such a bioreactor would make it possible to continue to use the current planes owned by airlines. Only the fuel would change.
It is therefore an excellent economic operation for the aeronautical industry.
Towards a more environmentally friendly jet fuel
Resulting from the work of researchers at the University of Oxford in England, this invention of liquid jet fuel should in a short time really revolutionize the aviation industry.
How is this jet fuel made?
You can imagine that the researchers preferred to keep the entire process used to produce their jet fuel secret. However, they still explain that it is the result of a process of reversing fuel consumption.
As they explain, brought to a certain temperature in the presence of citric acid, hydrogen and an iron-manganese-potassium catalyst, carbon dioxide is transformed into a liquid capable of supplying reactors of ‘planes.