Methanol Storage and Distribution

Methanol Cost

In parallel to the development of methanol-fueled vehicles, a widespread distribution network for methanol will have to be established to make it as easily available for the consumer as are petroleum-based fuels today. While the passage from ICE to fuel cell-powered methanol vehicles represents a radical technological change, the development of a fueling infrastructure to fuel them is not. Refueling stations dispensing methanol will be almost identical to today's fueling stations, reflecting...

Methanol and Dimethyl Ether as Diesel Fuels Substitute in Compression Ignition Engines

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Methanol, when combusted, does not produce smoke, soot or particulates. Parti-culate matter - whether carcinogenic compounds are absorbed onto them, or not - have been identified as a significant health hazard, especially in large cities. Diesel fuel generally produces particles during combustion. This, and the fact that methanol produces very low emissions of NOx because it burns at lower temperatures, makes methanol attractive as a substitute for diesel fuel 123 . Diesel engines are quite...

Methanol from Biomass

Carbon Neutral Cycle Methanol

Although reserves of methane from natural gas are still very large, they are nevertheless finite and diminishing. The exploitation of unconventional natural gas resources and methane hydrates could significantly increase the amounts of methane available to mankind. Innovative processes continue to be explored for the transformation of methane into easy-to-handle liquid fuels, primarily methanol, but this will not solve the problem of increasing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere and its...