AN ALCOHOL FUELS PROSPECTIVE: THE NATIONAL ALCOHOL FUELS COMMISSION

There are a number studies planned and underway by the National Alcohol Fuels Commission. One study will assess what the appropriate measurement technique for assessing the net energy balance of fuels and then that technique for obtaining net energy balances for both conventional as well as novel fuel technologies (ethanol and methanol). There will be a series of studies assessing the crucial relationships and dependences of alcohol fuel production and food/feed production. The studies will include current relationships as well as projected change due to crude oil price and supply changes, alternate supply feedstocks and agricultural and energy policy variables. An assessment of the physical and institutional requirements needed an the barriers to the inexpensive carriage of alcohol fuels will be made. Short-term ethanol production capacity in the U.S., including current idle distillery capacity as well as additional peripheral industrial buildup, will be assessed. There will also be a transportation and use study (an assessment of the current and projected technologies for use of alcohol fuels in the all important transportation sector) and an assessment of the supply, demand and usage of methanol from coal and biomass.

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  • Accession Number: 00315317
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM