U.S. Department of Energy
Date of this Version
Ann. Rev. Energy 1987. 12:47-80
Alcohols have the potential to revolutionize energy fuel supply and use, particularly in transportation. This worldwide potential is based on (a) the variety of widely available raw materials from which alcohols can be made (coal, natural gas, petroleum, and biomass), (b) the improved and demon strated technology for alcohol manufacture and use, and (c) the favorable combustion characteristics of alcohols, namely clean burning with high octane performance.