Synthetic Diesel. Clean-burning, sulfur-free synthetic diesel fuels are gaining interest as an alternative to diesel refined from crude oil, which produces harmful emissions, and to further reduce dependence on fossil fuels. In 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates, diesel fuel used in transportation resulted in the emission of 451 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
Synthetic diesel is free of sulfur and other petroleum byproducts. It is produced through a process of chemical recombination of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, called the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, into a variety of synthetic hydrocarbons. Natural gas, coal, or biomass are common feedstocks, but in recent years, other materials have been explored. For instance, the Audi car company has developed new technology to produce what it calls e-diesel, using water, air, and electricity as raw materials. The company is building a pilot plant in Switzerland that it says will produce sustainable fuel that releases almost no carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Synthetic diesel can be used in existing diesel engines and even mixed with petroleum-derived diesel. High capital costs and the option of electric vehicles and hybrids have been barriers to wider commercialization, but research into cleaner, greener fuels continues as the need to find non-polluting alternative energy sources grows more urgent.
People working on research and development of synthetic diesel may have degrees and experience in chemical and biological engineering, plant management, manufacturing, and a variety of other fields.
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