Understanding Fuel Economy — “Gas” Mileage

Thermal efficiency, compression ratio, and fuel density are the primary factors that determine the fuel efficiency — a.k.a. fuel economy — of an engine. If mounted in a car, pick up, truck, boat, ship, a piece of heavy equipment, etc., even more, variables come into play with respect to the fuel

What is in Diesel and How is Diesel Made from Crude Oil

“What is in diesel?” is a question with two answers, one very short and the other very long. The short answer is hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons, as the name implies, are molecules made of hydrogen and carbon atom bonds. Hydrocarbons are the components of every fossil fuel — and biofuel — that ma

Electric Cars are Coal Burners

What is the Real Carbon Footprint Left by Electric Cars? Around the world, there is an electric car revolution occurring. Chevy, Toyota, Nissan, GM, Volkswagen, Renault, BMW, BYRD, and at least 20 other car manufacturers produce electric cars. Environmental activists, car manufacturers, and governme

Energy Density — Calorific Value — of Boiler Fuels

When purchasing a boiler, there are two decisions to make. Regardless of the purpose of the boiler — be it for an industrial company or a family with a small home, — the two decisions are the same. One decision is in regard to boiler type, “boiler configuration.” The other decision concerns