Methanol x, a blend of 90% methanol and 10% other alcohols, gave splendid engine performance on a recent Piper Supersub flight from Sacramento, California to Fort North, Texas. The fuel, it is expected, will reduce maintenance and extend engine life. It is recognized that there is a limit to the amount of methanol that we can make from starch and sugar crops. Efforts can be made to develop the use of protein- rich distillers dried grain (DDG) that are a product of ethanol production, change cropping practices, and shift to high yielding energy crops. Turning to moody biomass (trees and aquatic biomass for the production of both ethanol and methanol, the alcohol supply could be boosted several fold. If a rational commitment is made to the task of developing alcohol fuels, then we could back out of our dependence on foreign oil.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

    Office of Consumer Affairs
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Cooper, G
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

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  • Pagination: p. 25-26
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM