Substitutes for Imported Fuels


    IN the House of Commons, on March 20, Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd, Secretary for Mines, stated that Sir Harold Hartley had been appointed honorary adviser on the development of home-produced fuels. A number of leading representatives of industry, finance, and technical science, under the chairmanship of Sir William Bragg, had been asked to make a rapid survey of the subject in the light of war conditions, and within a month this authoritative body completed its survey. On its recommendations the following six specific problems are being investigated simultaneously: (1) the production of oil from coal by synthetic processes, under the chairmanship of Sir William Jowitt; (2) the products of low-temperature carbonization, under Lord Henley; (3) the liquid products of high-temperature carbonization, under Mr. Davidson Pratt; (4) alternative fuels for internal combustion engines, under Viscount Ridley; (5) the development of the use of colloidal fuel, under Mr. Irvine Geddes; and (6) the more efficient use of fuel generally, under Sir Clement Hindley.

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    Substitutes for Imported Fuels. Nature 145, 505 (1940).

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