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The Course, held at JRC Ispra, 7-11 May, 1984, gives a review of the present state of synfuel production technologies from the two main primary energy sources considered today: coal and biomass. While basic technologies for most of these conversion processes are already available, and it is technically feasible to replace petroleum based fuels, synfuels are not yet competitive. Nevertheless in the long term synthetic fuels can be expected to make a contribution and in some cases transition phases have already begun. The main conversion processes using coal and biomass as primary energy sources are described, for the production of both gaseous fuels (low energy gas, methane, etc.) and liquid fuels (alcohols, synthetic hydrocarbons, etc.). In addition the Course gives information on practical experience in the use of synfuels, particularly in automobile engines and on some aspects of environmental pollution. The prospects of synthetic fuels depend strongly on local situations; the Course does not aim to arrive at conclusions, the goal is to give updated and reliable data, which will enable each participant to make his own evaluations and assessments for his particular situation. It is an opportunity to collect information on technologies and their potential development and to discuss these with experts.

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Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: 497 P., 1985, ISBN 90-277-2016-9 WRITE TO KLUWER ACDEMIC PUBLISHERS GROUP, P.O. BOX 322, 3300 AH DORDRECHT (THE NETHERLANDS), PRICE: HFL. 170, (EUR 9832 EN).
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