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Alcoholic Fuels

1st Edition

Edited by Shelley Minteer

CRC Press

296 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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Scientists and engineers have made significant advances over the last two decades to achieve feasible, cost-efficient processes for the large-scale production of alternative, environmentally friendly sources of energy. Alcoholic Fuels describes the latest methods for producing fuels containing varying percentages of alcohol alongside the various applications they benefit, including combustion engines, fuel cells, and miniature power generators.

Written by experts and innovators in the field,the chapters address the development and application of all alcoholic fuels, from production to end use. The first section of the book examines the production of methanol, ethanol, and butanol from several biomass sources, including corn, wood, and landfill waste. The second section explores blended fuels, such as E10, E85, and E-Diesel, and the third section focuses on applications of the different alcohol fuel types, including fuel cells, reformers, and generators.  The book concludes with a discussion of the future production, use, and impact of alcohol-based fuels on society.

Alcoholic Fuels provides a timely and practical source of information for chemists, engineers, and scientists working with alternative energy sources as well as managers, policymakers, and consumers considering the use and implementation of alcoholic fuels in automobiles and other energy conversion devices.


“This book is therefore timely in providing for the first time a comprehensive review of the production of alcohols, their use as fuels in internal combustion engines , and also of more advanced concepts such as fuel cells and fuel cell powered portable energy applications. This book will appeal to a wide range of readers.”

--Gary Acres in Platinum Metal Reviews, 2007, Vol. 51

“This book is a very good readable reference book.”

--V.V. Mahajani, in the Chemical Industry Digest, February 2007

Table of Contents

Alcoholic Fuels: An Overview; S.D. Minteer


Production of Methanol from Biomass; Carlo N. Hamelinck and A.P.C. Faaij

Landfill Gas to Methanol; W.H. Wisbrock

The Corn Ethanol Industry; N.N. Nichols, B.S. Dien, R.J. Bothast, and

M.A. Cotta1

Development of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) as a Feedstock for Production of Ethanol and Other Bioproducts; D.A. Samac, H.J.G. Jung, and J.F.S. Lamb

Production of Butanol from Corn; T.C. Ezeji, N. Qureshi, P. Karcher and H.P. Blaschek


Ethanol Blends: E10 and E-Diesel; S.D. Minteer

Using E85 in Vehicles; G.W. Davis


Current Status of Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Technology; D.C. Dunwoody, H. Chung, L. Haverhals, and J. Leddy

Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells; S.D. Minteer

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Operating with Direct-Alcohol and Hydrocarbon Fuels; F. Dogan

Alcohol Based Biofuel Cells; S. Topcagic, B.L. Treu, and S.D. Minteer

Ethanol Reformation to Hydrogen; P. Ramírez de la Piscina and N. Homs

Ethanol from Bakery Waste: The Great Provider for Aquaponics?; R. Haber

Conclusions; N.L. Akers


About the Authors/Editor

Minteer\, Shelley

About the Series

Chemical Industries

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General