SPECIAL REPORT: Fischer-Tropsch oil-from-coal promising as transport fuel

02/26/2007
As crude oil prices rose above $50/bbl last year, interest revived in the use of Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) technology to produce transportation fuels from coal.Developed during World War II, the F-T process in recent years has moved into commercial-scale use in gas-to-liquids projects around the world.While application of the technology to coal is economically more challenging than it is for natural gas, its possibility raises hope globally and especially in the US for development of fuel supply from an abundant and secure domestic hydrocarbon resource. As part of modern integration schemes such as those described in this article, indirect liquefaction resolves environmental problems associat...
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