Concerns About OFS Engineered Out of Existence Already

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tom Stricker
Toyota's Tom Stricker spoke at MIT about the Open Fuel Standard Act. You can read more about Stricker's presentation here. You can watch a video of the presentation here. When I asked ACT! for America's National Field Director, Kelly Cook, what he thought about Stricker's presentation, he said:

He’s shilling for big oil. One only has to look at Brazil to realize all his concerns have been engineered out of existence already.

If Toyota doesn’t want to make dual fuel cars, Ford and GM will, as they are in Brazil.

As far as the “very robust” comments, then why did Formula 1 racing employ alcohol fuels for so long? It was the fuel of choice for decades, especially because it wasn’t as combustible in crashes and yet had superior performance levels.

It’s this type of opinion from major auto companies that will slow us down. We have the facts on our side.


Jay Toups May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM  

Agree. We watched this vid to the end and shook our heads. Although it could be that Mr. Stricker's opinions are colored by the ethanol presumption that currently obscures other alcohol fuels: methanol, higher mixed alcohols, and butanol. Only one of these fuels, higher mixed alcohols, is ready to pick up seamlessly where ethanol runs out of...gas.


Alex Kovnat,  May 11, 2012 at 5:59 AM  

Here's an idea I would like to put forward, on how we can utilize methanol in our nation's transportation system.

Years ago, Ford attempted to get gas turbine engines into production for big trucks ("eighteen wheelers"). Unfortunately owing to various problems, the program didn't work out.

Suppose one were to design a recuperative gas turbine engine for trucks, designed from the main centerline outward, to utilize methanol. Remember that turbines are not fussy; it could be predominatly methanol with a few hundred parts per million of ethanol and higher alcohols.

Given methanol's clean combustion characteristics and suitability for use with catalytic combustors (i.e., place the catalytic converter within the engine rather than hang it on the exhaust pipe), it would be interesting to see how a methanol-fueled, gas turbine powered highway truck would compare to today's Diesel rigs in overall economy of performance.

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