HOME-PRODUCED MOTOR SPIRIT.
THE motor industry will be interested in an announcement made by Sir Eric Hambro at a luncheon in Loudon, in honour of Cornraendatore Salerni, whose 14w Temperature Carbonisation system was declared at the World Fuel Congress at Pittsburgh to have proved successful. By this system, oils and motor fuel of the requisite quality can be produced from any bituminous coal and Sir Eric is shouldering the responsibility of the initial finance to start this new industry.
How dependent Britain is on imported oils is evident from the fact that during 1930, nearly two and a half thousand million gallons of mineral oils were imported into Great Britain. The treatment of only 15 per cent, of the total coal produced yearly in Great Britain would mean the production, in addition to two million tons of fuel oil for the Navy of one hundred thousand gallons of motor spirit. The significance to the motor industry in this discovery is therefore obvious.