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Jet engine 3D Philippe Put/Flickr As land-based travel is turning more and more toward electricity and away from fossil fuels, so may the days of carbon-neutral air travel be just around the corner for us. As fossil fuels are at the same time unsustainable and unsafe, new methods moving away from using them are needed. Now, a team of researchers has created a prototype jet engine that’s able to propel itself forward only by using electricity. No fossil fuels in sight. Their study was published in AIP Advances on Tuesday. Electric jet engines The device, created by researchers from the Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University in China , compresses air and ionizes it using microwaves. This then generates plasma that thrusts the engine forward. This means that someday planes could only need electricity and the air around them in order to fly. The main push for the team to create this new type of engine was our planet and its rather dire climate change situation. "The motivation of our work is to help solve the global warming problems owing to humans’ use of fossil fuel combustion engines to power machinery, such as cars and airplanes," explained Jau […]

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