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December 6, 2019

Aviation contributes an outsized portion of emissions relative to the industry’s size — if the commercial sector were a country, it would rank seventh after Germany in terms of carbon emissions, according to a 2015 Center for Biological Diversity report.

Engine makers on the hunt for less-polluting fuels are eyeing synthetics, called electrofuels. They require vast amounts of electricity to produce required hydrogen, and that’s where small nuclear reactors, also known as SMRs or small modular reactors, can be used ... Attaching the reactor to a synthetic fuel plant would be a “competitive solution” ... according to Bloomberg News.

Electrofuels are made by combining hydrogen with carbon from carbon dioxide. Hydrogen is extracted from water with electrolysis, the most power-intensive part of the process ... Rolls-Royce would team up with an alternative energy startup or petrochemical company to produce the technology, Bloomberg reported.

https://karmaimpact.com/jet-engine-makers-cast-an-eye-on-nuc...

Of course electrolysis can also accomplished by using excess solar or wind generated electricity. Which electrical source will be determined by economics. SMRs will compete head to head with solar and wind electrical generation.

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