Latest From Methanol Institute
Methanol Institute Releases two new reports on Methanol Fuel
The Methanol Institute (MI) released two new reports on the use of methanol as a safe, efficient and clean alternative fuel for cars, trucks and buses.
SGS Inspire has prepared a report for the Methanol Institute titled “Methanol: Properties and Uses,” providing an explanation of the main physical and chemical properties of methanol, as well as how these properties affect the different types of existing internal combustion engines in the market.
The report provides a summary of an analysis of physical properties of 19 samples of gasoline and methanol, as well as co-solvents ethanol, methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and tertbutyl alcohol (TBA) in different blending ratios. In total, 203 properties were analyzed in the laboratory, for a total of nearly 4,000 tests. The report validates the technical feasibility of methanol fuels and includes a review of the existing literature and scientific evidence on the use of methanol as a fuel.
Future Fuel Strategies has prepared a primer report for the MI titled, “Methanol: A Future-Proof Fuel,” offering a status report and overview of methanol and its current uses in vehicle transportation fuels and its role in future fuels as well. Increasingly, methanol is being used around the world in several innovative applications to meet growing demand for energy, particularly in transport. The primer presents methanol’s fuel quality benefits, addresses concerns about the use of methanol, the history of methanol blending in fuels, and its future potential as a renewable fuel capable of significantly reducing CO2 emissions.
China Supports M100 Vehicles
On March 19, 2019, China announced its support for M100 methanol-fueled nationwide with a new policy. With this announcement, we have released a brief white paper on China’s methanol vehicle pilot and policy below
Latest From Methanol Institute
Methanol Economy: Opportunities and Options, DD News India
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) formed a Methanol Economy Expert Group, and this national television interview features Dr. VK Saraswat, chairman of the Expert Group, Prof. Surya Prakash of the University of Southern California, and MI CEO Gregory Dolan.
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.
Informative Presentations from Alternative Fuel Leaders
Singapore – On Monday, Dr. John Shen, Chairman and CEO of methanol fuel cell producer Palcan, briefed MI’s Market Development Committee (MDC) on the company and its fuel cell projects in China.
Palcan’s methanol fuel cell technology is being widely used in buses, cold chain logistics, and other transportation vehicles. The company – in conjunction with Dongfeng – has produced China’s first 30KW methanol reformed fuel cell vehicle. Methanol fuel cells also provide an important range extender for electric vehicles. Additionally, Palcan’s fuel cells are being adopted for backup power in mobile phone base stations.
Technical Bulletins, Fact Sheets, Press Releases, and Essays
- Flex Fuel Gasoline-Alcohol Engines for Near Zero Emissions Plug-In Hybrid Long-Haul Trucks – by Dan Cohn and Leslie Bromberg, MIT
- Future Vehicles – by Sebastian Verhelst
- Monitoring, Standards Key to Safe Methanol Use in Fuels – MI PRESS RELEASE
- Dor Chemicals, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and IFCI presents jointly the new choice of fuel, M15.
- Methanol Gasoline Blends: Alternative Fuel for Today’s Automobiles & Cleaner Burning Octane for Today’s Oil Refinery
- Methanol Use in Gasoline: Blending, Storage, and Handling of Gasoline Containing Methanol
- Use of Methanol as a Transportation Fuel
- China: The Leader in Methanol Transportation