COAL FOUND FEASIBLE TO PRODUCE OXYGENATES

The Department of Energy says research has proved the feasibility of using coal for the chemical "building block" to produce oxygenates for use in cleaner burning gasoline. Air Products & Chemicals Inc., working under a 3 year test program sponsored by DOE, has demonstrated the first use of a one-step process to convert gas derived from coal into dimethyl ether (DME). The chemical can be used to lower emissions from gasoline fueled vehicles. The 1990 Clean Air Act amendments require nearly 25%

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