How Do You Convert Oil Into Usable Energy?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Oil is processed into various types of fuel, such as kerosene, gasoline and diesel. Basically, the oil is heated at high temperature and the components start to separate.

Each fuel has a certain amount of energy per gallon: Gasoline has 125,000 British Thermal Units per gallon; kerosene has 135,000 BTUs per gallon; and diesel has a little over 138,000 BTUs per gallon. (A BTU is the amount of energy required to raise one pound of water on degree Farenheit at sea level.) These fuels are combusted (burned under high pressure) to do work, such as propel a motor vehicle. The motors that do this work are inefficient and dirty, so much of the energy is wasted as useless heat and there are serious levels of emissions of carbon dioxide (which causes global warming), sulfur dioxide (which causes acid rain) and nitrogen dioxide (which causes fish to suffocate when it eventually washes into rivers and ponds.)

It should be noted that oil is also converted into plastics, which do not have a very high energy content.
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Akshay Kalbag answered
There is a simple chemical reaction to show the combustion of fossil fuels. It states that fuel, which is the general term which is used to describe any source of hydrocarbons, plus oxygen yields carbon dioxide and water and energy. For example, the combustion of methane, which has the chemical formula CH4, is shown by the simple chemical reaction CH4 (g) + 2O2 (g)  CO2 (g) + 2H20 (g) + energy.

The lower case letter g, which is written in brackets, means that the methane (CH4), oxygen (O2) and the two by-products, namely carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H20) are in the gaseous state of matter. The combustion of methane means it is possible to burn it. When one molecule of methane in the gaseous state of matter combines with two molecules of oxygen in the gaseous state of matter, the result is one molecule of carbon dioxide and two molecules of water (both of which are in the gaseous state of matter) and a great deal of energy.
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nOil is burned and then used to create a number of energy fuels like:



-Fuel oil

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Coal is almost the same it is cleaned then changed into gases and it helps keep your electricity on
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Yooti Bhansali answered
Petroleum or oil, or crude oil as it is in its crudest form, is a black or a dark liquid that is found formed inside of the earth. It is constituted of combinations of chemical compounds of carbon and hydrogen, may also contain other non-metallic elements like sulphur, nitrogen etc.

The basic chemical structure of petroleum consists of hydrocarbons linked to each other to form chains of different lengths. Petroleum is used to create a number of energy fuels like:

Ethane is formed by isolation from natural gas, and as a by-product of the petroleum refinery process.

Diesel is attained through the fractional distillation of petroleum between 200 degrees Celsius to 350 degrees Celsius at atmospheric pressure.

Fuel oil is one kind of fraction that is attained through the process of distilling petroleum.

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