Performance of Ethanol as a Transportation Fuel, Chapter 3

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    Ethanol has long been recognized as a high-quality transportation fuel. It can be used in low-level gasoline blends (E10) for unmodified vehicles designed to run on gasoline, or in higher-level blends (E85, E95, or even approved E100 with a suitable denaturant) for dedicated or flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs). Because ethanol has not been used extensively in high-level blends, the technology tofully take advantage of its excellent fuel properties has not yet been developed to a mature state. Significant improvements in ethanol utilization technology are expected in the near future. Ethanol's advantages in power, energy efficiency, and emission performance are recognized when compared to conventional diesel or gasoline fuels now used predominantly for transportation. A combination ofnew cellulosic biomass production technology with advanced unilization technology for ethanol vehicles may result in ethanol's developing a significant market share in the global transportation fuel market.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Title of host publicationHandbook on Bioethanol: Production and Utilization
    EditorsC. E. Wyman
    StatePublished - 1996

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CH-425-6948


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