Natural gas is in plentiful supply these days. But now a company in Ohio has opened a test plant to convert this abundant energy source into diesel fuel. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the plant relies on a chemical process developed in Germany in the 1920’s that can turn coal or natural gas into diesel, jet, or other synthetic liquid fuels. The conversion takes place inside a metal casing where gas is reformed into hydrogen and carbon monoxide, and then passed through a material that results in liquid fuel. With diesel now six times as expensive as natural gas, this process is sure to attract eager companies that want to take advantage of the opportunity to produce diesel at much lower costs.
June 6, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.