The Methanol Foundation is a non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to supporting the greater use of methanol as a clean energy resource. The Foundation focuses the scientific and educational resources of public, private, non-profit and academic organizations to advance technologies for methanol production and use. The Foundation also promotes efforts to educate the public and academia on the environmental benefits of the use of methanol and its derivatives. The Methanol Foundation will accept unsolicited proposals, respond to competitive solicitations, and join in consortia research projects.
To have a favorable impact on air quality and energy security, an alternative fuel must be reliable and capable of use in various applications. Methanol is a very effective motor vehicle fuel, powering race cars and monster trucks, and used in hundreds of thousands of buses and passenger vehicles around the globe. Derivatives of methanol are blended with gasoline to produce oxygen-rich, cleaner-burning Reformulated Gasoline. The addition of methanol derivatives to gasoline largely displaces toxic chemicals from vehicle emissions, decreasing the levels of benzene, carbon monoxide, and other pollutants from entering the atmosphere. Methanol can take advantage of the existing delivery system for liquid fuels, such as gasoline, and employ new technologies to ensure its availability to the general public.
The Methanol Foundation will work closely with the Methanol Institute (MI) to target appropriate research and education projects. The Methanol Institute serves as the voice of the methanol industry in Washington and across the country. Since 1989, MI has worked to support the use of clean reformulated and oxygenated gasolines, promote the use of methanol as an alternative fuel, and encourage the development of emerging methanol-powered fuel cells and other energy technologies.
The Methanol Foundation seeks to further the past accomplishments of MI. The Foundation proposes to collaborate with MI Member Companies, other methanol producers, methanol industry service companies, natural gas suppliers and distributors, automobile manufacturers, technology developers, government agencies, and other not-for-profit foundations. The adoption of innovative technologies like methanol fuel cells will require broad-based consumer education, and training for the next generation of engineers and scientists. The Methanol Foundation allocates its resources to meet this challenge, in conjunction with diverse research and development initiatives.