Alleged laptop bomb plot’s biggest point: China is making a shortage of oxygen worse

The international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Wednesday published research that shows the world is facing a major shortage of oxygen after oxygen-generating auxiliary batteries from Proton Exhaust Systems are located in 10 airports in the U.S., Europe and Australia in the next decade.

PES, made by Zhejiang Huatong Biological Technology Co., Ltd., exports General Electric Co. and Siemens AG AG applications for thrust generators and compressor control systems in commercial and military aerospace, oil and gas, mining, marine and other industries, according to the company’s website.

“A series of installations of electric propulsion systems are anticipated at airports and other high-speed-user/transport applications,” a press release from the Paris-based OECD said.

Ammonia-based models from Addis Ababa’s Ethiopian Airlines and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport — the only two airports in the world that will have both a PES and a CGT — will be crucial in handling ballooning passenger numbers as more companies move to the less carbon-intensive direct-aspiration plane model and switch to B-class service from standard-class tickets in the next 20 years, according to the study.

Proton Exhaust Systems Ltd.’s chief financial officer, Geng Yu, said that PES’s hybrid systems at the airports have a “near 100 percent” efficiency, a rate that is nearly double that of pure ammonia.

“Carbon emissions from the CGT systems are around 10 percent,” said Geng, who was added as a participant in the OECD study. “Compared to the combustion engine, the CGT systems are 60 percent more efficient and 50 percent less fuel consumption,” he said.

The study was conducted by the nonprofit World Wide Fund for Nature. American, German, French, Russian, Italian, British and Indian experts contributed to the effort, the OECD statement said.

A separate study published this month by UK’s Automotive Greenhouse Gas Initiative estimates CGT-powered engines will account for up to 20 percent of commercial and military planes worldwide by 2050, and the Carbon Trust said high-speed commercial aircraft will generate $66 billion in savings in 2025.

Proton Exhaust Systems Ltd. doesn’t build any CGT systems in the U.S., according to spokeswoman Lisa Johnson. The only CGT installations are in Istanbul and Addis Ababa, she said.

Another generator maker, Covidien Ltd., in 2017 purchased GreenFuel Technologies Inc., whose commercial systems are based on primary oxygen-producing combustion engines with the ability to accelerate the increase in supply of oxygen.

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