Jon A. September 26, 2012 06:52 PM A nuclear carrier might use a system like this to generate fuel for its planes or accompanying vessels. Apart from that, perhaps a diesel-powered ship might generate JP5 for the helicopters and drones it operates? Slowburn September 26, 2012 06:59 PM It would be far more practical to just use nuclear power for the ships although as a method for producing fuel for aircraft it has merit. kwarks September 26, 2012 08:03 PM Is waste heat from a gas turbine hot enough for this process? Scion September 26, 2012 10:58 PM At $1.58 / litre I do this to make fuel for my car which costs about that much. I could just drop a couple of hoses into the canal outside my house and fuel up. Assuming I had a batmobile, which lets face it, we all want. Richard Belihomji September 26, 2012 11:33 PM Have a conventionally fuelled resupply ship fitted with a very large scale version of this equipment. Each ship could potentially serve multiple squadrons, and with no combat duties they can concentrate on fuel production for the majority of time at sea. A nuclear powered craft could probably handle the power requirements, especially considering these ships don't need to be particularly fast. Murray Smart September 26, 2012 11:58 PM So... if the Navy now see merit in this, when will we start using it for cars? Michael Mantion September 27, 2012 01:40 AM I am glad they added that last paragraph because this is very much the dumbest idea and article I have ever read. Why don't we just research running our ships on "happy thoughts" because that is more likely then a ship"refueling itself using sea water as fuel". Seriously I do understand all the process they described, the whole concept is beyond absurd. Windsor Wilder September 27, 2012 03:53 AM Where does the energy come from? How about off shore wind turbines. Joe Acerbic September 27, 2012 06:23 AM The obvious and only way this makes sense is that nuclear carriers would produce fuel for their planes this way. Wesley Bruce September 27, 2012 06:58 AM Other people at the same lab have been doing Cold Fusion work since 1990 so that's where the energy will come from. It will be D2/ Pd or H2 Ni gas phase low energy nuclear reactions producing both heat and electricity to power the reaction. These cold fusion reactions run slow and steady and don't like variable loads. Powering a steady chemical conversion system that then powers the variable loads: turbines; small boats and drones makes perfect sense.