REVIEW of REVIEWS

New Fuel Is An Achievement

A New Mixture of Coal and Oil to Run Ships is Expected to Revitalize British Industry

MANCHESTER GUARDIAN September 1 1932
REVIEW of REVIEWS

New Fuel Is An Achievement

A New Mixture of Coal and Oil to Run Ships is Expected to Revitalize British Industry

MANCHESTER GUARDIAN September 1 1932

New Fuel Is An Achievement

A New Mixture of Coal and Oil to Run Ships is Expected to Revitalize British Industry

MANCHESTER GUARDIAN

REGARDING the British ship which has successfully used a mixture of powdered coal and oil, the Manchester Guardian states:

“It is a splendid achievement, of which British industry and the public will eagerly await further details. The interest is more than technological. If this fuel can be made available even as cheaply as crude oil—to put a low estimate on the result— the benefits will spread outward in widening circles in which British shipping and shipbuilding, coal mines, and the engineering industry must all have a share.

"The fuel consists of sixty per cent oil and forty per cent coal.

“The oil is mixed with very finely powdered coal, and the new fuel can be handled and burned in existing oil fuelburning installations, provided that the boiler furnaces have already been adapted for the efficient combustion of pure oil.

“ ‘It opens up simply limitless possibilities,’ one shipping man said. ‘If the Cunard people have overcome the problem of stopping the powdered coal from sinking to the bottom of the storage tanks it means that prosperity is again in sight for us all.’ It is stated authoritatively that the difficulty has definitely been conquered.

“Precise details of the cost of colloidal fuel cannot at the moment be given, as it

has not yet been manufactured on a large commercial scale. The following figures based on today’s prices of coal and oil supplied to ships will, however, serve to show that colloidal will prove cheaper than ordinary oil:

"One hundred tons of fuel oil today costs between £325 and £375.

“Sixty tons of oil and forty tons of coal for making colloidal fuel would cost between £220 and £260.

"To these figures for the colloidal fuel must be added the cost of pulverizing the coal, but even assuming the ridiculously high figure of ten shillings per ton the cost of the new fuel would still be from £50 to £70 per hundred tons less than that of ordinary oil.

“Whatever cheapens freight helps to thaw frozen trade throughout the world, and increases our income as the world’s chief carrier.

“When world supplies of oil became available, coal was saddled w'ith an intrinsic handicap. The discovery of an oil field under the soil of Britain w’ould serve it better than the discovery of a gold field. But if coal could be made the basis of a fuel as manageable as oil in transport and application, it would be a greater blessing than either, because it would involve less disturbance of the pattern of industry.”