February 2008

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Can motor fuels be redesigned?

How challenging is the task to provide 'green' transportation fuels without bankrupting the global economy?

Simmons, M. R., Simmons & Company International

Decades ago, the US refining industry boldly launched the first clean-fuel initiative to eradicate lead from the gasoline supply. Although the undertaking was tough, it proved the ingenuity of the hydroprocessing industry. Later, the US refining industry rose to meet yet another fuel challenge: eliminating methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) from the fuel additive equation. Simultaneously, US refineries began producing the world's cleanest ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD). US refiners successfully accomplished these two changes in record time. Now, for the first time in the modern energy era, a far more ambitious effort is underway to actually try to end the US' addiction to and overdependenc

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