How to Successfully Integrate Sustainable Fuels into the Transportation Sector - or Why I Like Ethanol

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The barriers to changing the fuels of the transportation sector are diverse and significant.  However, transitioning to sustainable fuels offers many benefits if fuel properties are leveraged well.  Bridging the gap between fundamental studies and engineering applications is critical to maximizing the benefits and minimizing challenges of renewable fuels.  Experimental results which span from fundamental combustion chemistry, to the convolution of chemistry, spray and mixing, to the impact of renewable and fossil fuel blends in engine studies are presented.  The key outcomes from each study are highlighted particularly in the context of ethanol and how results are transferred to technology implementation. 


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