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Renewable Motor Fuels - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128009703, 9780128010136

Renewable Motor Fuels

1st Edition

The Past, the Present and the Uncertain Future

Author: Arthur Brownstein
eBook ISBN: 9780128010136
Paperback ISBN: 9780128009703
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 7th October 2014
Page Count: 134
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Considering the ever-rising costs of traditional fuel paired with the increasing scarcity of its resources, it’s easy to see why exploring renewable fuels has become an increasingly critical goal for engineers, researchers, and end-users alike. However, due to the great diversity of technologies, policies, and attitudes, it can be difficult to gain a good well-rounded understanding of these types of fuels. Renewable Motor Fuels: The Past, the Present and the Uncertain Future presents an opportunity to gain an insightful understanding of all the key aspects of alternative automotive fuels in one book. Author Arthur Brownstein describes various sources of renewable motor fuels (including ethanol, algae, isobutanol, natural gas, and battery power) and their production processes, specific properties, and economic advantages/disadvantages. This comprehensive coverage of such an important topic is crucial for anyone with an interest in renewable fuels, from researchers to engineers to end-users.

Key Features

  • Presents a clear overview on a variety of renewable motor fuel technologies, balancing history, technology, and policy
  • Provides the status of current and developing renewable motor fuel technologies and their uses worldwide
  • Discusses the competitive economics of renewable fuel processes and their respective market interactions


Researchers and professionals in the automotive and renewable fuels industries seeking to learn about or begin R&D work on automotive fuels. Secondary audiences in chemical engineering, economics, and sales/marketing within automotive fuel companies

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgment
  • Chapter 1. History and Legislation
    • 1.1 Past
    • 1.2 Present
    • 1.3 Future
  • Chapter 2. Ethanol by Classical Fermentation: United States and Brazil
    • 2.1 US Cornstarch
    • 2.2 Brazilian Sugar Cane
    • 2.3 United States Versus Brazil
  • Chapter 3. Ethanol from Cellulose
  • Chapter 4. Synthesis Gas-Based Fuels
    • 4.1 Lanzatech
    • 4.2 Ineos
    • 4.3 Coskata
    • 4.4 Syntec Biofuels
    • 4.5 Sundrop Fuels
    • 4.6 Enerkem
    • 4.7 Fulcrum
    • 4.8 Maverick Synfuels
    • 4.9 ExxonMobil MTG Process
    • 4.10 Fischer–Tropsch
  • Chapter 5. Isobutanol
  • Chapter 6. Algae as a Fuel Source
  • Chapter 7. Diesel Fuel
  • Chapter 8. Natural Gas
    • 8.1 Industry Background
    • 8.2 Vehicle Fuel
  • Chapter 9. Electric Vehicles
    • 9.1 History
    • 9.2 Batteries
    • 9.3 Fuel Cells
  • Chapter 10. The Uncertain Future
    • 10.1 Coal
    • 10.2 Gasoline
    • 10.3 The Present and the Future
  • Appendix. US Cornstarch Fermentation Ethanol; Production Capacity (2013)
  • Bibliography
  • Index


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About the Author

Arthur Brownstein

Arthur M. Brownstein has had more than forty years of experience working in senior management in fuel companies such as Chem Systems Inc. and Exxon Chemical. Most recently, he has worked as the General Manager of New Ventures Technology Division at Exxon Chemical. He is now retired.

Dr. Brownstein received his PhD in Chemistry from The Ohio State University. He has written two books (US Petrochemicals: Technologies, Markets & Economics and Trends in Petrochemical Technology: The Impact of the Energy Crisis) and nearly one hundred papers and articles that have been presented at conferences worldwide.

Affiliations and Expertise

General Manager of New Ventures Technology Division at Exxon Chemical (retired)


" Providing excellent background as well as insight and opinion from an industry insider, this volume is for those interested in mechanical, chemical, and petroleum engineering and alternative fuels…Summing Up: Highly recommended." --CHOICE

"...a very well-written compact book on the subject…will provide in depth information on the subject and makes an interesting reading for those wanting to look into past, present and future of motor fuels and several alternatives that can be explored." --International Journal of Performability Engineering

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