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Coal-Derived Liquid Fuel - Using Coal to Produce Ultra-Clean Transportation Fuel

Coal-Derived Liquid Fuel - The Definition

Coal-derived liquid fuel or commonly referred to as coal-to-liquids is a term used to describe the process for the conversion of coal into liquid fuels like diesel or gasoline. At present, the Fischer-Tropsch process is the main process used for the production of coal-derived liquid fuels. There are also a number of processes currently available for the conversion of coal directly to liquid fuels.

A wide range of useful chemicals and transportation fuels such as gasoline, methanol and diesel can be produced using the coal-to-liquids processes.

Benefits of Coal-to-Liquid Fuels

One of the major advantage of using coal-derived liquid fuel is that it can be used by today’s gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles and it is also compatible with petroleum distribution infrastructures and no new or modification of existing infrastructures such as storage tanks and pipelines are required..

A reduction in regulated exhaust emission from a variety of diesel-powered engines and vehicles can be achieved by using derived from coal through the Fischer-Tropsch process. Coal-derived diesel has also shown to have a near-zero sulfur content, this allows the use of advanced emission control devices. Because of the low sulfur content, very little to no particulates are emitted.

Source: AZoCleantech
Last update 8th February 2008

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