USE OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS IN HIGHWAY VEHICLES: THE RELEVANCE OF U.S. ENERGY FLOWS

A new energy model for the United States has been completed and tested at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. The transportation submodel uses more recent fuel and energy data than the 1976 Gulf Oil Co./Stanford Research Institute data base, and the LLL model calculates energy flows and prices through the year 2020. This equilibrium or ''balance of forces'' type of model calculates a slow rise in prices for transportation fuels over the time period studied. Two import oil price situations--a $12.75 per barrel and a $15.50 per barrel price have been modeled. The model calculated that the higher price would result in the earlier introduction of synthetic fuels. The model also shows that the alternative fuels methanol, electricity, and broadcut fuel could be economically competitive and thus enter the transportation market but that hydrogen could not.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Livermore

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Livermore, CA  United States  94550

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, C J
  • Publication Date: 1978-10-9

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  • Pagination: 17 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00191462
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-48
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM