Startup Air Company signed a contract with the Pentagon to…
Thanks to modern technology, the phrase “jet fuel from air” has turned from fantasy into reality. Air Company, an American clean jet fuel startup, just won a $65 million contract with the Pentagon to produce CO2-based fuel extracted from the air.
The fuel will be produced as a result of the chemical Fischer-Tropsch reaction, when carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen H2 are converted into various liquid hydrocarbons in the presence of a catalyst. In this case, into fuel alcohols and paraffin. After distillation, these components are separated, which can then be used, for example, in the manufacture of vodka, perfumes and disinfectants.
So far, the company's ability to produce a new environmentally friendly fuel is not able to affect the global level of CO2. However, according to Air Company CEO Gregory Constantine, if other jet fuel producers pick up his carbon footprint, CO2 emissions could be cut by 10% in the very near future.
The effectiveness of the new fuel has already been confirmed by tests conducted by the US Air Force and the Dutch airline KLM, and three other airlines Boom, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic have signed multi-year contracts for its supply.