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Base Oil Groups – A relook

Base Oils
Lubricants have been around since ancient times. The Petroleum-based Lubricants business started in mid 1800′s. The initial processing was limited to separation by boiling point. Most people know the key driver of the production for lubricants are Base Oils.
Mineral Base Oil
Modern mineral base oils are the result of a long and complex distillation and refining processes. The feedstock used is crude oil. This substance is not of uniform quality but consists of several thousands of hydrocarbon compounds in which the elements carbon and hydrogen are present in all molecules and, in part, are bound to other elements.
The hydrocarbons can be divided into three main groups: paraffinic, naphthenic and aromatic.
Paraffinic hydrocarbons can be …

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Dependency on Fossil Fuel – Why the Auto Industry is Kicking the Addiction to Oil

The worldwide auto industry loves fossil fuel. It has been addicted to oil since the first Model T rolled off of the assembly line. The internal combustion energy thrives on fossil fuel – gasoline, diesel.
But there’s a problem. The main suppliers of oil to feed the auto industry’s addiction keeps raising the price, and the supplies of oil are being depleted. There IS a bottom; an end. The world will eventually run out of oil.
Of course, we can’t put all of the world’s oil consumption habit on the shoulders of just the automobile industry. If every automobile in the United States was a hybrid by the year 2025, we’d still be importing as much oil …

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