Ex­pen­sive tech­nol­ogy

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

While coal liq­ue­fac­tion is pos­si­ble, it’s also ex­pen­sive. A 2012 study led by Christodou­los Floudas, a pro­fes­sor of chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal engi­neer­ing at Prince­ton Univer­sity, con­cluded it would cost the U.S. on aver­age about $95 a bar­rel to use a com­bi­na­tion of coal, nat­u­ral gas and non-food crops to make syn­thetic fuel to re­place crude oil — which is now trad­ing around $55 a bar­rel.

“That’s a steep price, but it’s a far more at­trac­tive deal than go­ing with­out oil al­to­gether,” Paul Mus­grave, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts, Amherst, said by email. “It’s the eco­nomics that usu­ally make this process un­fea­si­ble.”

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