Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis: The End of Oil Dependency?

Coal-to-diesel Breakthrough Could Cut Oil Imports. ‘Professor Alan Goldman and his Rutgers team in collaboration with researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a way to convert carbon sources, such as coal to diesel fuel. Goldman explained that the breakthrough technology employs a pair of catalytic chemical reactions that operate in tandem, one of which captured the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This dynamic chemical duo revamps the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process for generating synthetic petroleum substitutes, invented in 1920 but never developed to the point of becoming commercially viable for coal conversion.’

New Tandem Catalytic Process Enables More Efficient Fischer-Tropsch Production

Squeezing diesel from wood. ‘The Biomass Technology Research Center (BTRC) of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has achieved the continuous synthesis of diesel fuel at the laboratory scale from woody biomass through gasification, purification using activated carbon and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. This new process removes the need for a cooling process, heat recovery and compression of gas, which makes it attractive for use in compact and portable plants using widely available woody biomass.’

Fischer-Tropsch Archive

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005


  1. obewan says:

    Those is favor of coal to diesel production also should push for the use of nuclear power at the refinery. Otherwise, the environmentalists will shut down the technology for global warming concerns. It already happened with some recent Washington funding and some CTL stocks tanked. Ouch!

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