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Sean I Think diesel is a very good source of power for many reasons. It does not require a specific fuel to run. It is a flexible fuel system already. So diesel is not limited to a single source of fuel. The combustion of diesel fuels is nearly a complete burn. Compression- flashpoint- oxidizer -ignition. It could get cleaner if we used a pure form of oxygen but that is not considered an option. The maintenance cycle for a diesel vehicle is almost double that of a gasoline engine.
So the vehicle can run longer with less inputs/replacement parts. Diesel engines that are improved can reach MPG of 50 for light cars. TDI volkswagon.
Turbo diesel injection. Diesel can be the transition fuel between gasoline and natural gas for vehicles. If we go to natural gas as a fuel source.
So I think of diesel as a positive short term sollution that can work when we need it. It will work in the future. We may limit it to industrial use.
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Seth Wetmore wrote:
It does not require a specific fuel to run.



When I placed this here I should have Written " a specific fuel such as gasoline" Gasoline is a specific fuel.
My gasoline powered truck could run on an alchohal based fuel, but with out the proper conversion the vehicles maintenance schedule would increase dramatically. If the computer could not adjust the fuel/ air mixture for the new fuel it would run rough. And the cost would increse over all.
Diesel has similar problems, yet the fuel oil for a diesel can vary greatly with out conversion, or major engine modification. A new filter system may need to be installed to prefilter the TDS total dissolved solids or other particulate matter in the oil being introduced. Oil thickness is a concern. If the oil is to thick pumping it becomes a problem. The oils used can be cut with other combustables, kerosene, propane, methane, gasoline, and still be used in a diesel engine. Not very cheap to do, but possible. Also not exactly clean. So diesel engines are already flex fuel engines. So there are problems with diesel also, but if I was in dessert and I had a diesel vehicle, and my fuel ran out, if I was carring enough oil I could refuel me vehicle and get out of the dessert. I could not do that with a gasoline powered vehicle.
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