Gasoline-ethanol-methanol Tri-Fuel vehicle development and its role in expediting sustainable organic fuels for transport

R. J. Pearson, J. W.G. Turner, A. J. Peck

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Abstract

Proposed long-term options for de-carbonizing transport are assessed. Various shortcomings of electrification or molecular hydrogen as an energy carrier are discussed which may prevent their widespread adoption. The development of a Tri- Fuel vehicle, capable of operating on any combination of gasoline, ethanol, and methanol, using a single fuel system is described, demonstrating that compatible, affordable transport can be developed, supplied by sustainable organic fuels. Low- carbon-number alcohols and, where necessary, synthetic hydrocarbons, can be supplied from the biosphere up to the biomass limit from biofuels, and beyond the biomass limit from the atmosphere and oceans using captured C02 and hydrogen electrolysed from water. © Lotus Engineering, 2009.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInstitution of Mechanical Engineers - Low-Carbon Vehicles 2009
Pages89-110
Number of pages22
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

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