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The Benefits of Methanol As An Alternative Fuel

As the most basic alcohol, methanol is an affordable alternative transportation fuel due to its efficient combustion, ease of distribution and wide availability around the globe. Methanol is a high octane fuel that enables very efficient and powerful performance in spark ignition engines. Engines optimized for methanol could provide an energy based efficiency gain of 50% over a standard (port fuel injected, non-turbo) gasoline engine in a light-duty vehicle. The power-producing qualities of methanol are well-known and it is used in several motorsports.  While methanol has a low cetane rating, it also can be used in combustion ignition engines as a diesel fuel substitute.  Dual-fuel heavy-duty engines operating on diesel and methanol fuels can improve efficiency and dramatically reduce emissions for trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles.

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Informative Presentations from Alternative Fuel Leaders

A New Look at Methanol: Accelerating Petroleum Reduction and the Transition to Low Carbon Mobility - WHITE PAPER
PAUL WUEBBEN

Senior Director of Renewable Fuels; Carbon Recycling International

A New Look at Methanol: Accelerating Petroleum Reduction and the Transition to Low Carbon Mobility - PPT HANDOUT
PAUL WUEBBEN

Senior Director of Renewable Fuels; Carbon Recycling International

GEM Fuels Development: New Ways of Introducing Methanol into Transport Fuel
PROF. JAMIE TURNER

Professor of Engines and Energy Systems; Bath University

Methanol as an Engine Fuel
PROF. SEBASTIAN VERHELST

Associate Professor of Internal Combustion Engines; Ghent University

Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy
Dr. GEORGE A. OLAH

Nobel Prize Winner  in Chemistry, 1994