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Alternative Fuels-Pros and Cons
Published November 24, 1992 by Verlag Des Verein Deutscher Ingenieure GmbH in Germany
The anticipated limitation in availability of fossil fuels, and their contribution to environmental degradation is forcing society to reduce fuel- consumption and longer-term to seek alternative energy sources. The conflicting properties of some of these alternatives include storage problems, availability and overall economic value.
The introduction of alternative fuels will occur gradually and via niche applications. Marketing such vehicles will require fiscal or political inducements to foster the necessary vehicle, powertrain and fuel delivery infrastructure.
Before alternative fuels attain larger popularity, today's environmental problems can be reduced by continued optimization of current vehicle designs, based on traditional fuels: this paper also shows this potential, compared with descriptions of methanol, ethanol, plant-oil-esters, natural gas, and hydrogen power units