Liquid hydrocarbon fuels supply energy for almost all of the world's transportation. The principal exception is natural gas used to power compressor stations on pipelines, if gas transmission is considered a sector of transportation. For 50 years, refinery development has meant increased yield and octane rating of gasoline. Demand for distillate (jet, diesel, and marine gas turbine fuel), though smaller, is now growing faster. Refiners have great technical versatility for converting widely different crudes into specification fuels. The technology has been extended to produce the same kinds of fuels from tar sands. Technology now being developed should be available when needed to convert shale oil and coal into conventional fuels. Air pollution controls and new engines may alter the distribution of products from the petroleum barrel, but electric automobiles, nuclear ships and other non-hydrocarbon systems are not expected to supply a large share of transportation in the foreseeable future. Fuel consumption is discussed for trucks, buses, automobiles, trains, aircraft, and ships. (Author Abstract).

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the North American Fuel Technology Conference in Ottawa, Canada on May 31-June 3, 1970.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Amero, R C
  • Publication Date: 1970

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 28 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00041780
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Air Pollution Technical Information Center
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASME-NAFTC-3 Preprint
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 4 1973 12:00AM