10 Things You Didn’t Know About Fuel!
Liquid fuels are combustible or energy-generating molecules that can be harnessed to create mechanical energy, usually producing kinetic energy; they also must take the shape of their container. It is the fumes of liquid fuels that are flammable instead of the fluid.
Most liquid fuels in widespread use are derived from the fossilised remains of dead plants and animals by exposure to heat and pressure in the Earth’s crust.
There are many ways in which liquid fuels are utilised in our daily lives.
Everyone knows that the main use for petrols and diesels are to fuel our cars but here are 10 fun facts you didn’t know:
- One gallon (4 liters) of petrol has about 31 million calories.
- Norway has Europe’s highest gas prices.
- In the 19th Century, petrol used to be so worthless, that petroleum refineries would simply throw it away.
- Thomas Midgley was a Chemist, who came up with the idea of putting lead in petrol, and invented CFC’s. He is said to have caused more damage to the environment than any other single organism ever. He was later killed by one of his own inventions.
- It took 23.5 tonnes of ancient, buried plants to produce 1 litre of petrol.
- The hull of the sunken USS Arizona has been leaking oil since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
- WW1 planes used Castor Oil as engine lubricant and the Pilots suffered from persistent diarrhea due to unburnt castor oil coming out of the exhaust.
- The price for gasoline in the UK is 149% higher than the US, the 2nd highest in the world.
- An oil pipeline in Ecuador has spilled more oil into the Amazon than the Exxon Valdez accident in Alaska
- The Diesel engine is named after the inventor, not the fuel and the original fuel it was developed to run on was peanut oil in 1895.