Alternative Fuels

Alternative Fuels
Autogas (Propane) Filling Station

Alternative fuels are any materials or substances - outside of conventional fossil fuels - used as a fuel. Conventional fuels include petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, and kerosene), nuclear (uranium and thorium), and artificial radioisotopes (fuels made in nuclear reactors). Alternative fuels, known as non-conventional or advanced fuels, are listed below:

  • Biodiesel
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Electricity
  • Hydrogen
  • Methanol
  • Butanol
  • Mixtures containing up to 85% methanol or denatured ethanol
  • Compressed natural gas (CNG)
  • Propane (LPG)
  • Methane
  • Biomass
  • Biogas/landfill gas

Corken’s sliding vane pumps, regenerative turbine pumps, and reciprocating gas compressors assist with the development (process) and transportation of alternative fuels every day. Consumers, corporations, and municipalities around the world are using regenerative turbine pumps and reciprocating gas compressors to fuel their vehicles with autogas (LPG) and compressed natural gas. After fuels have been processed, sliding vane pumps help move them to a bulk storage facility. The fuels are loaded into a transport vehicle and unloaded at the next point of consumption. Tank car unloading and tank trucks are commonly used for bulk distribution. Other applications include biogas also known as landfill gas. Corken’s horizontal reciprocating gas compressors recover the methane buildomg up from the decomposing organic materials in landfills. Often times the methane gas is used to power an on-site generator providing electricity for the landfill facilities.

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