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Fuels to drive our future
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Production Technologies for Liquid Transportation Fuels.
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Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 1990.
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x, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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The American love affair with the automobile is powered by gasoline and diesel fuel, both produced from petroleum. But experts are turning more of their attention to alternative sources of liquid transportation fuels, as concerns mount about U.S. dependence on foreign oil, falling domestic oil production, and the environment.
This book explores the potential for producing liquid transportation fuels by enhanced oil recovery from existing reservoirs, and processing resources such as coal, oil shale, tar sands, natural gas, and other promising approaches.
Fuels to Drive Our Future draws together relevant geological, technical, economic, and environmental factors and recommends specific directions for U.S. research and development efforts on alternative fuel sources.
Of special interest is the book's benchmark cost analysis comparing several major alternative fuel production processes.
This volume will be of special interest to executives and engineers in the automotive and fuel industries, policymakers, environmental and alternative fuel specialists, energy economists, and researchers.

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The report of a federally funded committee charged with analyzing the potential cost and practicality of exploiting domestic sources of (potentially) liquid fuels in the near future, given the political and economic uncertainties of depending on foreign sources of petroleum. A group of experts (mostly from oil and coal companies) met and studied the potential use of hydrogen and synthetic gas, heavy oil, tar sands, oil shale, syngas-based fuel, direct coal liquefaction, coal-oil coprocessing, and coal pyrolysis. Although in theory any hydrocarbon can be utilized, in practice a very costly new infrastructure would be needed to use other fuel sources. The ultimate consumer cost would be at least triple the present price of fuel! Given the present low world price for oil, nothing is likely to be done unless the electorate forces the government to act. Most of this scenario was played out during the last oil crisis at a tremendous cost to the taxpayer, and then the new liquid fuel plants were abandoned. Other alternatives, such as serious improvements in vehicle fuel economy (e.g., 50-mpg cars versus 25-mpg models) and biomass fuels, and the potential for solar, wind, and hydro substitutes, are virtually ignored. Well written and well organized, this is a valuable additional source of technical information on a serious worldwide problem. All readers. -J. C. Comer, Northern Illinois University