traderfjp wrote:Most people don't realize how clean Anthracite burns compared to oil. The development of the internal combustion engine had to wait until a fuel was available to combust internally. Gunpowder was tried but didn't work out. Gunpowder carburetors are still hard to find. The first gas really did use gas.
Rudolph diesel almost killed himself trying to build a coal dust fired IC engine (it had an 80:1 compression ratio!
). After recovering from his injuries he decided to use a less powerful liquid fuel. So the diesel industry owes its start to coal.
I'd vote for the 24:1 diesel. 80:1! I can't believe it was even possible, esp. at that time. I'll have to read up on it.
If he'd been sucessful w/ coal dust we'd be hearing:
"The New 2008 Ford F-350 with the all new Powerstroke Coal Dust V-8"
"Check out the new line of Mack Turbocharged Coal Dust Trucks"
And the prices of Coal Dust at the chutes would be manipulated by the whims of "Big Coal Dust"
Headline in the newspaper: "Shell Coal Dust exploring for new sources of Coal Dust".
And we would be reading about the "Alaskan Coal Dust Conveyor" (running in reverse, of course).