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Find high-quality and up-to-date information covering all major scientific disciplines, drawn from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology. Learn from articles, plus images and animations illustrating key topics.

ProQuest Science Journals provide access to a wide range of science topics. The database includes just under 400 titles, with more that 325 avaialble in full text.

Ethanol

2016 Top Markets Report: renewable fuels sector snapshot: fuel ethanol (International Trade Administration, United States Department of COmmerce, 2016)  

Articles on ethanol (The Conversation)  

Basic chemicals: ethanol (John Lazonby...and others, Essential Chemistry Industry, CIEC Promoting Science, University of York, 2014)  

Bioethanol (European Commission, 2009)  

Cellulosic ethanol (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 2009)  

E85 chemical properties and ethanol production (Clean Air Trust, 2008)  

Ethanol (Alternative Fuels Data Center, United States Department of Energy, 2016)  

Ethanol (Biofuels Association of Australia, 2016)  

Ethanol (European Biofuels Technology Platform, 2011)  

Ethanol versus petrol: the basics (John Cadogan, Car Advice, 2010)  

Mixed outlook for ethanol–petrol blends [magazine article] (Jack Busby, Chemistry World, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013)  

Pocket guide to ethanol 2016 (Renewable Fuels Association, 2016)  

Renewable ethanol (Matt Schiller, Easy Chem, 2016)  

Spark ignition engine combustion, performance and emission products from hydrous ethanol and its blends with gasoline [magazine article] (Musaab O El-Faroug...and others, Energies, MDPI AG, 2016)  

The case against more ethanol: it’s simply bad for environment [magazine article] (C Runge, Environment 360, Yale University, 2016)  

What are the problems with using corn ethanol for fuel? (Gail Tverberg, Our Finite World, 2011)  

Dimethyl Ether

Characterization and potential of dimethyl ether (DME) as dual fuel combustion in a compression ignition engine [magazine article] (Somkid Khunaphan, Unalome Wetwatana Hartley and Kampanart Theinnoi, International Journal of Engineering Science and Innovative Technology, 2013) 

Dimethyl ether (Alternative Fuels Data Center, United States Department of Energy, 2015) 

Dimethyl ether (Cameo Chemicals, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) 

Dimethyl ether (PubChem, National Center for Biotechnology Information, United States National Library of Medicine) 

Dimethyl ether (DME) (International Energy Agency-Advanced Motor Fuels) 

Dimethyl ether (DME) (European Biofuels Technology Platform, 2011) 

Dimethyl ether (DME) fact sheet (European Biofuels Technology Platform, 2016) 

Emerging fuels: dimethyl ether (Western Washington Clean Cities Team) 

Fundamental aspects of dimethyl ether (Alternative Fuels Data Center, United States Department of Energy) 

Mack Trucks and New York launch dimethyl ether fuel test (John O’Dell, Trucks, 2017) 

Product safety summary sheet DuPont™ dimethyl ether (DuPont, 2012) 

Replacing the existing methanol production within DME production by using biogas [magazine article] (Anita Kovac Kralj and Jernej Hosnar, Chemical Engineering Transactions, Italian Association of Chemical Engineering, 2012) 

The potential of di-methyl ether (DME) as an alternative fuel for compression-ignition engines: a review [magazine article] (Constantine Arcoumanis...and others, Science Direct, 2008) 

Compressed Natural Gas

Check web sites under liquified natural gas as well.

Chemists find better way to pack natural gas into fuel tanks (Robert Sanders, Berkeley News, University of California, Berkeley, 2015)  

Compressed natural gas (Ed Vitz...and others, Libre Texts, 2016) 

Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles (Brad Kelechava, American National Standards Institute, 2016) 

Compressed natural gas - natural gas under high pressure (A Student's Guide to Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Transportation Energy, California Energy Commission) 

Fleets run cleaner on natural gas: emissions and environmental benefits of natural gas vehicles [CNG and LNG] (Natural Gas Vehicles for America, 2016) 

The dangers of compressed natural gas (Thon Beck Vanni Callahan and Powell, 2017) 

Biodiesel

Biodiesel (Alternative Fuels Data Center, United States Department of Energy, 2016)  

Biodiesel (Biofuels Association of Australia, 2016)  

Biodiesel chemistry (University of Idaho, 2015)  

Biodiesel from neem oil as an alternative fuel for diesel engine [magazine article] (Mohammad Hasan Alia...and others, Procedia Engineering, 2013)  

Biodiesel fuel quality (Dev Shrestha, eXtension, 2017)  

Biodiesel handling and use guide (Teresa L Alleman...and others, United States Department of Energy, 2016)  

Biodiesel production principles and processes (eXtension, 2013)  

Fatty acid esters (biodiesel) (International Energy Agency-Advanced Motor Fuels)  

Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME) [biodiesel] (European Biofuels Technology Platform, 2011)  

Introduction to biodiesel (Brian He and Jon Van Gerpen, eXtension, 2013)  

The chemistry of biodiesel (Goshen College)  

Using biodiesel fuel in your engine (Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, 2017)  

What is biodiesel? (University of Idaho, 2015)  

What’s so different about biodiesel fuel? (Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, 2017)  

Hydrogen

Articles on hydrogen fuel (The Conversation)  

Basic chemicals: hydrogen (John Lazonby...and others, Essential Chemistry Industry, CIEC Promoting Science, University of York, 2014)  

Cheap way to 'split water' could lead to abundant clean fuel [newspaper article] (Alok Jha, The Guardian, 2008)  

Fuel sustainability brief: hydrogen (Nate Springer and Ryan Schuchard, Business for Social Responsibility, 2015)  

Heat subsidies leave hydrogen and fuel cells out in the cold (Paul Dodds, The Conversation, 2014)  

Here’s to hydrogen: Australia is missing the potential of solar fuels (Thomas Faunce, The Conversation, 2012)  

Honda and GM will work together to produce hydrogen fuel cells [magazine article] (Fortune, Time, 2017)  

Hydrogen (Alternative Fuels Data Center, United States Department of Energy, 2016)  

Hydrogen and fuel cells (United States Department of Energy)  

Hydrogen benefits (Hydrogen Energy Center)  

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 2011)  

Hydrogen production (United States Department of Energy, 2014)  

Nanotechnology could clean up the hydrogen car's dirty little secret (Michael Berger, Nanowerk, 2007)  

Time to come clean about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (Julian Cox, Cleantechnica, Sustainable Enterprises Media, 2014)  

Transport and the hydrogen economy (World Nuclear Association, 2015)  

Why a hydrogen economy doesn't make sense (Lisa Zyga, Physorg, 2006)  

Why is hydrogen fuel making a comeback? (John Andrews, The Conversation, 2014)  

Methanol

Basic chemicals: methanol (John Lazonby...and others, Essential Chemistry Industry, CIEC Promoting Science, University of York, 2014) 

EMSA: methanol and ethanol are good fuel alternatives (World Maritime News, 2016) 

Handling alcohols in biodiesel production: methanol and ethanol (Brian He, Tom Karsky and Joe Thompson, eXtension, 2013) 

Methanol (Cameo Chemicals, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) 

Methanol (International Energy Agency-Advanced Motor Fuels)  

Methanol (European Biofuels Technology Platform, 2011) 

Methanol (Alternative Fuels Data Center, United States Department of Energy, 2016) 

Methanol as an alternative transportation fuel in the US: options for sustainable and/or energy-secure transportation (L Bromberg and W K Cheng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010) 

Methanol frequently asked questions (Methanex, 2016) 

Methanol Institute: energy (Methanol Institute, 2017) 

Methanol proves low-cost, sustainable option for gasoline blending [interview] (David Netzer, Joseph Antverg and Gideon Goldwine, Oil and Gas Journal, 2015) 

Methanol technical data sheet (Methanol Institute, 2016) 

The future of methanol fuel: an analysis on the feasibility of methanol as an alternative fuel (Peter Huang...and others, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, 2015) 

Too green to be true? Highly effective method for converting CO2 into methanol (Science Daily, 2013) 

Why there’s power in methanol – racing’s alternative fuel (Jason Sands, Hot Rod Network, 2015)  

Liquified Petroleum Gas

Difference between LPG and natural gas (Eric Hahn, Elgas, 2017) 

Is there a difference between propane vs LPG? (Elgas, 2017) 

Liquefied petroleum gas [statistics] (Cameo Chemicals, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1999) 

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (Indian Oil Corporation) 

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a fuel for internal combustion engines [excerpt] (Maciej Paczuski...and others, Chapter 5, Alternative Fuels, Technical and Environmental Conditions, Warsaw University of Technology, 2016) 

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in transport (Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, 2012) 

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG): general information (Compendium of Chemical Hazards, Department of Public Health, British Government, 2016) 

Liquefied petroleum gas, LPG (International Energy Agency-Advanced Motor Fuels) 

LPG data [statistics] (Alternate Energy Systems, 2014) 

LPG gas blog (Elgas, 2017) 

Some useful facts about LP-Gas [statistics] (University of Georgia)  

The properties and composition of LPG (Eric Hahn, Elgas, 2017) 

What is LPG? (Origin Energy, 2017) 

Biogas

Basics of the biogas production process [powerpoint] (Stefan Junne, Institute of Biotechnology, Berlin Institute of Technology, 2014) 

Biogas and anaerobic digestion: fundamentals and applications [powerpoint] (Anne C Wilkie, University of Florida, 2004) 

Biogas chemistry (Christopher A Badurek, Encyclopædia Britannica, 2015) 

Biogas for transport (Energinet, 2015) 

Biogas renewable energy (Naskeo Environnement, 2009) 

Biogas/biomethane for use as a transport fuel (European Biofuels Technology Platform, 2016) 

Biomass to biogas—anaerobic digestion (Michael Biarnes, E Instruments International,, 2017) 

Combustion of renewable biogas fuels [magazine article] (Chaouki Ghenai and Isam Janajreh, Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, 2015) 

Production of biogas by anaerobic digestion (Sustainable Conservation, 2016) 

Uphill climb for biogas in Asia [magazine article] (XiaoZhi Lim, Chemical and Engineering News, American Chemical Society, 2016) 

Liquified Natural Gas

Articles on LNG (The Conversation) 

Articles on natural gas (The Conversation) 

Australia and the global LNG market (Natasha Cassidy and Mitch Kosev, Reserve Bank of Australia, 2015) 

Chemical composition of natural gas (Union Gas, 2017) 

Chemists find better way to pack natural gas into fuel tanks (Robert Sanders, Berkeley News, University of California, Berkeley, 2015)  

Fleets run cleaner on natural gas: emissions and environmental benefits of natural gas vehicles [CNG and LNG] (Natural Gas Vehicles for America, 2016) 

Fuel sustainability brief: natural gas (Nate Springer and Ryan Schuchard, Business for Social Responsibility, 2015) 

Natural gas (Alternative Fuels Data Center, United States Department of Energy, 2016) 

Overview of natural gas (Natural Gas) 

The role of natural gas as a primary fuel in the near future, including comparisons of acquisition, transmission and waste handling costs of as with competitive alternatives [magazine article] (Fang-Yu Liang...and others, Chemistry Central Journal, 2012) 

What are the benefits of LNG? (LNG Masterplan, 2017)  

State Library of Qld Science Resources

Search the State Library's science databases, including AccessScience, Proquest and Public Library of Science. You will need to have a council library membership number to access some of these resources.

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Books in our Library on Alternative Fuels

Electricity

30 electric cars companies ready to take over the road (Chris Morrison, Venture Beat, 2008) [Middle School] Articles on electric cars (The Conversation) 

Articles on electric vehicles (The Conversation) 

At a glance: electric-drive vehicles (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States Department of Energy, 2016) 

Charging an electric car as fast as filling a tank of gas (Anne-Muriel Brouet, Physorg, 2016) 

Don't wait for electric vehicle infrastructure, you (probably) don't need it (Peter Pudney, The Conversation, 2012) 

Electric cars ARE the future (Dr Klaas Woldring, On Line Opinion, National Forum, 2008)  

Electric cars could be charged at Shell service stations from 2017 [newspaper article] (Adam Vaughan, The Guardian, 2016) 

Electric cars that pay [magazine article] (Mark Clayton, Christian Science Monitor)  

Electric vehicles (United States Department of Energy) 

Electric vehicles as distributed energy resources (Garrett Fitzgerald, Chris Nelder, and James Newcomb, Rocky Mountain Institute, 2016) 

Electric vehicles questions and answers (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2013)  

Electricity (Alternative Fuels Data Center, United States Department of Energy, 2016)   

Fuel sustainability brief: electrification (Nate Springer and Ryan Schuchard, Business for Social Responsibility, 2015) 

Green cars? Electric vehicles are marketing a myth (Catherine Simpson, The Conversation, 2012) 

How much range do electric cars need? (Chris Gorski, Inside Science, 2014) 

Hybrid electric vehicles (Rosalind Takata, student, Reports in how things work, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 

Improved redox flow batteries for electric cars (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft/Science Daily, 2009) 

Japan’s auto parts makers try to anticipate shift to electric cars [newspaper article] (Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, 2010) 

Owners charged up over electric cars, but manufacturers have pulled the plug [newspaper article] (Michael Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle, 2005) 

Plugged in: how Americans charge their electric vehicles (Idaho National Laboratory, 2016) 

Standards, please! The third coming of electric vehicles (Tyrone Berger, The Conversation, 2012) 

The long road for electric vehicles (Kristian Handberg, The Conversation, 2013) 

Why electric cars are in pole position (Thomas Bräunl, The Conversation, 2011)