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ENGRI 1290 1 Fossil fuels Oil Coal Natural gas
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ENGRI 1290 2 Lecture’s objectives • Learning the different types of fossil fuels • Discovering the energy densities of fuels • Finding out how they are “produced”
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ENGRI 1290 3 Fossil fuel energy in the world today
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ENGRI 1290 4 Characteristics of fossil fuels • Oil, coal, natural gas • They are non renewable • They are found underground • They are derived from fossil plants and organisms which have been heated and compressed by the Earth crust, hence the increase energy density compared to wood.
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ENGRI 1290 5 World reserves Proven reserves Oil Coal Natural Gas Daily production What’s left 2x10 14 liters 10 12 tonnes 2x10 14 m 3 20x10 6 tonnes 2x10 9 liters 3x10 12 m 3 40 years 150 years 60 years Fossil fuels are one of the most abundant non-renewable source of energy on Earth. This is also the one that will disappear first! It is relatively easy to use compared to the alternatives (fission). It is more readily available than biofuels.
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ENGRI 1290 6 World oil reserves
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ENGRI 1290 7
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course ENGRI 1290 taught by Professor Gourdain during the Fall '10 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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