Kerosene is a versatile and widely-used petroleum-based fuel primarily employed for heating, lighting, and powering engines. It is a flammable hydrocarbon liquid that is colorless or pale yellow, with a distinct odor. Kerosene is derived from crude oil through a refining process known as distillation.
Kerosene serves as a valuable energy source due to its high energy density, stability, and relatively low ignition temperature. Historically, it was a popular fuel for lamps and lanterns before the advent of electricity, as it burned efficiently and emitted a steady, bright light. Today, kerosene is commonly used for heating homes and commercial buildings, as it can be easily stored and transported. It also powers various types of engines, including jet engines and certain agricultural and industrial machinery.
To learn more about kerosene and its applications, you can visit the following active websites:
1. National Petroleum and Energy Reference Center:
This website provides comprehensive information about kerosene, including its characteristics, uses, production, and safety considerations. It covers kerosene for various purposes, such as lighting, heating, and fueling vehicles.
2. U.S. Energy Information Administration:
The U.S. EIA offers an informative page that explains what kerosene is, how it is produced, and its different uses. It also provides insights into kerosene consumption trends, prices, and environmental considerations.
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