Coal’s liquid potential

When the prices of oil and natural gas rise substantially, as they have recently, the attention of consumers and fuel producers naturally turns to alternative fuels. Actually, the term “alternative fuels” is not precise-one should not consider them alternatives to fossil fuels, but as complementary fuels, at least until they are technologically advanced enough to cost-effectively replace fossil fuels.There have been numerous announcements of new biodiesel plants being constructed (OGJ Online, May 12, 2006; OGJ, Apr. 17, 2006, p. 9). More recently, Green Energy Inc. announced it will unveil its mobile catalytic depolymerization plant on May 31. The process reportedly makes clea...

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