Energy question of the week: How can coal be converted into liquid fuel?

29. March 2010, 08.44
When oil becomes scarce, fuel for aircraft and cars will have to be produced from other sources. Since Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch invented the Fischer-Tropsch process in 1925, synthetic fuels can also be derived indirectly from coal. Countries with large coal deposits, such as South Africa and China, make extensive use of this process. But how does the process work?
Jan Oliver Löfken
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Jan Oliver Löfken