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  1. Join Date
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    Next-generation gasoline could come from coal

    PIKEVILLE, KY Researchers could be getting closer to developing a way to affordably convert coal into gasoline and diesel so it could be sold at prices competitive with fuels derived from crude oil, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

    University of Kentucky professor Gerald Huffman said fuel from coal could be available in service stations in the United States within 15 years, AP said.

    The research is important to coal-producing states like Kentucky because it would provide an additional market for the burnable mineral that's now largely used in electric-generating plants, said AP.

    University President Lee T. Todd Jr. said the ramifications of the research have the potential to reach far beyond Kentucky.
    The article said the technology has been available for decades to convert coal into motor fuels, but the cost has been far greater that that of refining crude.

    According to AP, the Department of Energy has awarded the UK Consortium for Fossil Fuel Science a $5.7 million grant to develop cheaper methods to make the conversion.

    The consortium researchers from West Virginia and Auburn universities and the universities of Pittsburgh and Utah also is looking at ways to more affordably convert natural gas to motor fuels.

    John Winslow, coal fuels manager for the Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, said he believes production of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from coal could begin in the United States between 2010 and 2015, AP reported.

    it was taken from this site: http://carwash.com/news.asp?mode=4&N_ID=36671

  2. Join Date
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    nice... but i hope that they can make gasoline out of water... :lol:

  3. FrankDrebin Guest
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    Sigurado ako na haharangin yan ng mga Oil Producing Corporation at Countries.

    Pero

    Kung nagkataon mababawasan din ang pera ng Arabo.

  4. Join Date
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    Buhayin ko lang.
    In South Africa they produce petrol from coal. 95% of their fuel requirements is produced from coal I was told.

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    #5
    Isn't that just as bad if not worse? Coal is much dirtier than crude oil.

    Not like coal isn't starting to deplete drastically as well.

  6. Join Date
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    #6
    lpg considered bang alternative source of oil yun? kasi lahat ng mga taxi sa hongkong ay lpg na ang gamit (toyota crown) when i visited there last week.

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    Coal in its solid form is dirtier than gasoline or diesel as a power source, but if you're converting it to gas, there's no difference. The reason that coal is dirty is because of poor or incomplete combustion and carbon particles that are released. Since it's purified in the transformation process, okay na yan.

    Coal won't run out as quickly as gasoline or diesel. The half-life of the coal supply will be reached around ten to twenty years after oil peaks (I think oil is peaking already). But if they find a really cheap way to produce gas from coal, it will definitely run out quicker.

    Ang pagbalik ng comeback...

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