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Ammonia and aviation  

“The density of liquid ammonia allows for conventional aircraft configurations to be used and it may be possible to retrofit into an existing engine, resulting in a zero-carbon jet that could start serving the short haul market well before the 2050 target currently set by the industry.”

 

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Matt Chester on Sep 2, 2020

Given that we're unlikely to see commercial flight electrified in any realistic timeline and the high carbon footprint per flight in the meantime, seeking out alternative fuels like ammonia is quite attractive. 

Making hydrogen requires hydrocarbons for practical applications and still isn’t up to scale, for example, so using just some hydrogen, again, gives this plan an edge. For now, the feasibility report is just a key to open the next door.

This part is intriguing as well-- seems you can start fuel mixing to get lower carbon energy incorporated sooner rather than needing to weight for fully decarbonized fuels? That's a good near-term option

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