2013 F350 Long Bed 4x4 Lariat
Oh for sure you mention coal to anyone uneducated on the process and the first thought is most likely but coals such a dirty fuel. But the neat thing is the process works on other materials as well. They're using it on biomass mainly wood and feedstock to essentially produce FT biodiesel which from what I've read and my father (He's a chemical engineer working on this stuff) has told me is a straight to market product as it has a very similar viscosity, cloud point and lubricity to the current biodiesel that's being produced not to mention it still retains the high cetane rating due to the FT process. Seems to me this could be a win to help curb emissions, improve fuel economy and reduce foreign dependence on fuel. Also it looks like this spring Washington State University researchers have developed a process to turn 90% of plastic into jet fuel which I would imagine is using a similar process to FT through catalytic gasification I would think if they're making jet fuel they could tune it to make diesel. I bet everyone would hop on that with all the plastic waste we've polluted the world with.FT is definitely cool tech, but unfortunately for many of the granola-munching crowd its no better since its still fossil fuel based (just using coal instead of oil...which for them is arguably worse).