Association News

Methanol Institute Releases Methanol Denitrification White Paper, Technical Bulletin (August 24, 2012)

MI – along with technical consulting firm Exponent – have released a white paper that focuses on the use of methanol as an effective solution for denitrifying wastewater in treatment facilities.  This comprehensive report looks at the immense importance of denitrification and the negative impacts that excessive nitrogen levels can have on waterways and estuaries.  Exponent also analyzed the economics of methanol use and the practical application of the basic alcohol in WWTP’s.  Along with this document, MI also developed a brief technical bulletin that offers further insight into the importance of denitrification and why more and more WWTP’s around the world are employing methanol.  You can find the Whitepaper by Exponent here, and the Technical Bulletin here.

Methanol Institute Supports Flower of Scotland in Methanol-fueled World Record Attempt (August 6, 2012)

In just a few days, Le Mans veteran racecar driver Rick Pearson will attempt to break the current world land speed record of 313 miles per hour in the methanol-fueled Flower of Scotland, a 1,000cc, turbo-charged streamliner.  The Speed Scotland team is now preparing to ship the vehicle from its home in Lesmahgow, Scotland to the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah where they hope to shatter the current record by approaching 350-mph.  A film crew from the BBC will film the record breaking attempt for a documentary that will be broadcast in January.

EPA Approves Fuel Waiver Petitions for Methanol Gasoline Blend Additives (June 21, 2012)

The Methanol Institute applauds two recent decisions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update the number of corrosion inhibitors that can be used to maintain the performance and stability of commercial methanol gasoline blends in the marketplace.  The update action by EPA reconfirms that using properly formulated methanol gasoline blends as fuel in vehicles should not contribute to any greater deterioration of the vehicles’ emissions, the fuel system materials, and the drivability performance over the operating life of the vehicles which are the key criteria for EPA granting the original fuel blend waiver.  See MI's press release here.

MI Supports Open Fuel Standard Amendment in the Senate, Counters Auto Industry Criticisms (March 7, 2012)

The Methanol Institute today delivered a letter to every member of the U.S. Senate which offers the association's support for the Open Fuel Standard amendment to the Transportation Bill that was proposed by Senators Maria Cantwell (WA) and Richard Lugar (IN).  Amid ill-informed criticisms from the auto industry, the members of the OFS Coalition delivered a number letters supporting this bipartisan legislation which would increase the number of alternative fueling vehicles on U.S. roads, accelerating market adoption of new technologies and fuels.  A copy of the letter can be seen here, and the legislation can be viewed here

Updated Fracking Report Counters Misleading Methanol Air Emissions Information
(January 24,2012)

An update to the comprehensive report
on the use of methanol in hydraulic fracturing fluids concludes that 'methanol air emissions are not of a concern' when considering the impact of flowback water retention ponds on the environment.  This report was updated by scientific and engineering firm Exponent, who developed the initial white paper for MI in August of last year.   

A new report prepared for the Methanol Institute concludes that methanol is not expected to be a concern if it reaches groundwater or surface water when used as a component of hydraulic fracturing fluids.  While the physical properties of methanol make it an essential component of hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - fluids used for enhanced natural gas extraction, methanol represents only a small fraction of the total fracking fluid volume used.  The report examined several hypothetical release scenarios, and concluded that methanol will quickly biodegrade in the environment and even in the most conservative estimates, any exposure would be orders of magnitude lower than health-based screening levels.

MI Highlights Biomethanol at Congressional Forum and Expo (June 16, 2011)

MI exhibited at the 14th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO and Forum in Washington, D.C. on June 16th.  The annual event draws emerging technology companies, trade associations, members of Congress, staffers and the media together to exhibit and discuss policy issues and market trends.  Speaking at the policy forum held in conjunction with the expo, MI’s Greg Dolan informed a packed audience of Capitol Hill staffers about methanol as an economical alternative fuel that can be made from a diverse range of feedstocks, including biomass and waste CO2.   The Environmental and Energy Study Institute provided video coverage of the event, and Mr. Dolan's presentation during the biofuels panel is available here.

Statement of Support from MI at Press Conference for Open Fuel Standard Act (June 2, 2011)

Methanol Institute's Executive Director Greg Dolan was part of a press conference today with Congressmen Shimkus, Engel and Bartlett speaking in support of the Open Fuel Standard Act and a recent Executive Order from President Obama that included an 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy for the Federal Fleet. Mr. Dolan spoke about the importance of fuel competition to protect consumers and the role methanol fuel could play. A video of Mr. Dolan's remarks is available here.

Biodiesel Magazine - Making a Great Fuel Even Better (May 13, 2011)

Executive Director Greg Dolan and Government Affairs Manager Matt Roberts were interviewed as a part of an article that looks at the growing trend of biomethanol production - and its role in making biodiesel an even more environmenntally-friendly fuel choice. Technologies from member companies like BioMCN and Carbon Recycling International are also highlighted.

Methanol Institute Supports Open Fuel Standard Act (May 4, 2011)

The Methanol Institute came out in support of the Open Fuel Standard Act of 2011 (HR 1687) - a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Congress that would greatly expand the use of alternative vehicles and fuels, like methanol.

“The Open Fuel Standard Act is all about choice,” said Methanol Institute Executive Director Gregory Dolan. “By ensuring that new cars can operate on something other than gasoline, Americans can reap the benefits of multiple alternative fuels. Methanol in particular is poised to play significant role in reducing our dependence on gasoline, as the most affordable, easily deployed, sustainable fuel available that would retail at the pump today for just $3.19 per gasoline equivalent gallon.”