Ethers, when used as fuel oxygenates, offer the ideal solution for fuels in terms of emissions, energy, and cost.
This makes ethers the preferred clean-burning, high-octane component in fuels blending in more than 60 countries —including 15 out of the top 20 gasoline-consuming countries.
ETHERS: THE IDEAL SOLUTION FOR FUELS
Policymakers, fuel producers, vehicle manufacturers and, of course, gasoline consumers face the challenge of making sure that global demand of energy is supplied, while facing the challenges of reducing environmental impact, meet new energy efficiency goals, and/or reducing financial cost to consumers.
In past decades incomplete solutions have emerged, like high-sulfur blends, olefins, aromatics and other ethers which, under the appearance of being “sustainable” increase pollution risks or put vehicles and infrastructure at risk. Such is the case with ethanol that, despite being a renewable fuel, is a less than optimal solution compared to ethers, as the global auto industry has explained.
But new generation ethers are able to minimize negative impacts, given the energy requirements and the characteristics of the existing vehicle fleets and infrastructure.
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