What was the typical fuel of cars powered by gasifiers in Europe during WWII? I’ve heard charcoal and I’ve heard coal. Someone (at a biomass conference somewhere) told me they regulated their charcoal/coal quality control just like our gasoline quality is maintained today.
The cars back then didn’t go fast but they must’ve been fairly easy to operate. I wonder how much of that was due to a consistent feedstock. Coal and charcoal would have a consistent moisture content and btu rating per pound. It adds a step but I wonder if torrefactied biomass would make it easier to operate a gasifier for those who aren’t as into tinkering as we are.
I’ve driven my diesel truck on used cooking oil for over 225,000 miles and have saved tens of thousands of dollars along the way. That’s great, but I’ve also ruined a few pair of jeans and shoes as I’ve learned the tricks of the trade. This goes for collection and fuel prep as well as the equipment on the truck. Could my brother do it? He’s not a gearhead. I helped an attorney get set up to filter the oil for her Mercedes 300D but the coolant line came off and she didn’t notice in time. As a result, she burned up the motor. Any savings on fuel were flushed down the toilet with the repair bills that resulted.
Bottom line: could we bring gasification to more people by a more consistent feedstock?