The cost of aluminum fuel to the vehicle owner is estimated in view of technical developments and price increases in aluminum ingot since 1979. The estimate is based on the US Industry Published Price for distributed 50-lb ingot. This price is then increased by the costs of fabrication, alloying agents, premium purity, and service station (retail) markups derived by analogy to gasoline. A credit for recycled hydrargillite is also estimated, although actual return is speculative. A critical assumption is the energy yield of the aluminum, as measured by the vehicular fuel efficiency. For vehicular fuel efficiencies to 36 to 42 gross tonne-km/kg-Al, fuel costs are equivalent to liquid fuel costing $0.56 to 0.94/liter (2.12 to $3.54/gal) (mid-1981 US dollars) used in advanced automobiles with fuel efficiencies of 13.5 to 19.3 gross-tonne-km/1 (35 to 50 gross-ton-miles/gal-fuel). The current distribution system for aluminum is briefly described, and the retail markups for gasoline are tabulated. These results do not differ substantially from those of an earlier study when costs are expressed in constant dollars. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    7000 East Avenue
    Livermore, CA  United States  94550
  • Authors:
    • COOPER, J F
  • Publication Date: 1984-2

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  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387070
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCRL-90468, CONF-8205249-1
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM