(c) leaves behind many undesirable substances.

Any substance which upon combustion produces a usable amount of energy is known as fuel. For example, fossil fuels, biogas, nuclear energy etc.

Characteristics of an Ideal fuel

  • It should be readily available.
  • It should be inexpensive.
  • It should burn easily in air at a judicious rate.
  • It should liberate large amount of heat.
  • It should leave behind any undesirable residues.
  • It should be easy enough to store, transport, and handle.
  • It should have high calorific value.
  • It should have ignition temperature above the room temperature.
  • It should produce less hazardous products on burning.

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