Status of the Development of EDS Coal Liquefaction

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Science  23 Jul 1982:
Vol. 217, Issue 4557, pp. 311-316
DOI: 10.1126/science.217.4557.311


This article traces the evolution and development of a modern coal liquefaction technology, the EDS (Exxon Donor Solvent) process, over a period of 15 years. During this time the technology has been advanced from laboratory experiments to a pilot plant with a coal feed rate of 250 tons per day, and findings from several areas of science and technology have been important. The process is now in the final stage of development to generate the data needed to design a plant of commercial size.