AN ASSESSMENT OF LOCALLY AVAILABLE ETHANOL AS ALTERNATIVE FUEL IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY OF GASOLINE ENGINE PERFORMANCE
Publication Date : 01/02/2007
Locally available ethanol in a Nigeria city was tested as fuel on a gasoline engine generator, 450VA rating. The performance of the engine using ethanol was compared to its performance when using petrol and petrol – ethanol mixture fuels at room temperature (30oC). Experimental results show that maximum power output was recorded by using petrol fuel. Not withstanding, the performance of the engine using ethanol and petrol-ethanol mixture fuels were found to be closely similar to its performance using petrol fuel despite no modification to the engines carburetor. This shows that locally available ethanol is an effective fuel in running small gasoline engine in Nigeria. Hence development of ethanol industry in Nigeria is highly recommended.
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