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Coal Cars?

Mining Excavcation Site.A study was made and a paper published on alternative fuels for motor vehicles. This study was made in preparation for the anticipated increased demand and reduced supply of petroleum. It is proposed to ascertain the commercial possibilities of Alberta coals in this connection, and a cooperative investigation with the National Research Council has been planned and initiated. This work involves the low temperature carbonization of the coals, to give a reactive producer gas fuel. A small apparatus has been constructed in which three coals can be tested at the same time, and a carbonizer has been designed for the low cost treatment of suitable Alberta coals. Progress so far has been slow owing to lack of time of staff.

Alberta Research Council. [1943] Annual Report. With permission from the Alberta Research Council.



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