SYNTHETIC FUELS

There are two overriding themes that dominate the role of transportation of synthetic fuels. The first is that energy and transportation play dual role, that is, energy provides transportation needs for propulsion power, but fuels and energy in general need transportation so that supply regions may be connected to demand regions. Especially for the newer synthetics, this is a crucial point since they must be developed and brought to the existing demand regions. The second major overriding point is that our energy problem will not be solved by one solution but by a multiplicity of many solutions, of which synthetics do occupy a role, but not the only one. Through 2000, fuel for transportation as transportation needs for energy will depend mostly on liquid fuels as a primary source, as well as other liquids like alcohols and other synthetics. The availability of an adequate supply is going to depend on an effective development of commercial synthetic facilities, a rapid commercialization of alcohol facilities, a maximum utilization of coal for use in industry and as a substitute for our liquids for transportation; and our treatment of rather high efficiency fuel vehicle economy standards. In spite of conservation in the transportation sector, demand is still suubstantial due to population growth. Therefore, we should see a slight increase in the growth of total motor fuel usage. Part of that fuel however, will be diesel. There will be may constraints on this supply as well as on the demand from environmental, safety as pricing regulations.

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  • Accession Number: 00315314
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM