Carbon present in Diesel

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Carbon present in Diesel

Postby » Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:39 pm

How much carbon is in a litre of red diesel

Postby Guest » Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:32 am

If it like the US, the color only determines tax status. You really should have a measured density and a chemical analysis of the fuel if you want any precision.

For a rough estimate, #2 (summer) diesel is around 0.84 kg/L, and almost all petroleum fuels are close to 85% carbon by weight, thus around 0.71 kg carbon.

If burned to CO2, the weight will increase in the ratio 44/12, or about 2.62 kg of CO2.

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