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Background - This research was funded through a subscription to the Hydrogen Technology Information Service. The hydrogen technology information project provided a report summarizing the status and evaluating the potential for large-scale production of liquid transportation fuels and blend components from North American methane and hydrogen-deficient carbon feedstocks. The report focused on the prospects for such fuels becoming available in the United States within the next 20 years.
Approach - Publicly available technical literature was reviewed to identify the chemical processes currently under consideration for producing liquid transportation fuels from methane and carbon deficient feedstocks. The available United States resources of these potential feedstocks were then characterized, the infrastructure issues related to the transportation and use were identified, and the effect of potential carbon sequestration requirements on the use of each feedstock was presented. The potential role of nuclear energy in producing the hydrogen for upgrading the feedstock was then quantified. End-use requirements for using the resulting liquid fuels in conventional internal combustion and turbine engines were addressed. The report concluded with an assessment of current U.S. Department of Energy and other U.S. Government research and regulatory programs affecting alternate liquid transportation fuels.
Accomplishments - The final report, Prospects for Development of Alternative Liquid Transportation Fuels in the United States, was provided to external subscribers to the Hydrogen Technology Information Service in December 2008.