Landolt-Börnstein - Group VIII Advanced Materials and Technologies

6 New liquid hydrocarbon fuels


In consideration of international efforts towards the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, technologies for the production of renewable carbon-based transportation fuels are analyzed in the frame of this technical survey. Furthermore, the potentials of the renewable energy resources, the synthesis pathways, and their technical feasibility are discussed. Biomass is the most promising source for non-fossil, carbon-based fuels. Using biomass as feedstock, there are several methods of fuel generation. Furthermore, hydrogen from renewable electricity combined with CO2 as a carbon source will also be considered for renewable carbon-based fuel generation. Biomass-based fuels for transportation purposes are outlined. Liquid and gaseous alternatives to mineral-oil-based fuels: hydrogen, methanol, dimethyl ether (DME), synthetic liquid hydrocarbons and substitute natural gas (SNG) are described. Technical pathways for renewable fuel generation are discussed. The main pathways for preparing fuel from renewable energy sources are illustrated. The chapter also presents a short overview regarding the principle resources for renewable fuel production.

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6 New liquid hydrocarbon fuels
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