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Old 10-04-2017, 11:10 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Xist View Post
How much natural gas needs to be burned to power the conversion to gasoline?
Ever do a fractional distillation in science class? The more volatile (easily evaporated) chemicals boil off first, and the distinct petroleum products are separated. Turning all that liquid into a gas takes an enormous amount of energy.

It would be cool if we could separate the chemicals in a centrifuge instead, but there must be some reason it's not possible.

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