One way in which the diminishing supplies of petroleum products may be extended is by the use of substitute fuels--for example, natural gas or ethanol. But supplies of natural gas are themselves limited, and require processing to fuels such as methanol or liquified petroleum gas to be suitable for internal combustion engines. Ethanol is a fuel that may be produced from renewable resources by a simple process with inexpensive equipment. It has been, and still is, used in many countries in proportions as high as 25% without affecting engine performance. Ethanol can also be used as the starting point for many chemical syntheses and could replace petroleum products in the manufacture of some organic chemicals. In this paper the possibility of setting up an ethanol industry in New Zealand is discussed, and the practicability of producing ethanol at a reasonable price in sufficient quantity to make a significant impact on the total energy requirements of the country is examined.

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    Lincoln College, Canterbury

    Canterbury,   New Zealand 
  • Authors:
    • KARDOS, N
    • Mulcock, A P
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

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  • Pagination: 26 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00191919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM