Feasibility of alternatives to driving on diesel and petrol

This thesis had two general research aims: 1. consistent analyses and comparison of techno-economic performance of alternative fuels and drivetrains and their impact on CO2 emissions, and 2. application of technological learning in system analyses that use these fuels and drivetrain by means of bottom-up understanding of improvement possibilities. The original proposal called for a joint selection of feasible options for future fuels, fuel supply chains and drivetrains that were to be subsequently investigated. The techno-economic comparison uses quantitative data ranging from the cost of transporting wood chips in developing countries to the efficiency of various Fischer-Tropsch processes and projections on the cost development of fuel cells. Possible future fuel production and drivetrain systems were identified and their potential costs and GHG emissions assessed with uncertainty margins. However, lack of publicly accessible data hampered the initial intention of constructing learning curves for the production of advanced fuels and drivetrains. The focus therefore shifted somewhat, to the question of how this fundamentally uncertain data can be made useable for policy decision making while keeping the nuance that the uncertainty margins provide.


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  • Pagination: 262p

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  • Accession Number: 01383056
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9789086720422
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:42PM