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Methanol is a clean-burning alternative heating fuel. Industrial Methanol is used as a cookstove fuel for restaurant kitchens in Shanghai, for heating buildings in Shanxi and for drying tea in Darjeeling.
In China, the largest market for these applications, the move towards methanol has been precipitated largely by air pollution. The large-scale burning of coal was causing haze and poor air quality. Compared to coal, methanol boilers show superior emissions benefits of at least a 75% reduction in total emissions in terms of PM, SOx, and NOx.

Methanol Cook Stoves

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In 2016, a study found that nearly 2.6 mil people died globally due to harmful exposure to PM2.5 emissions produced from cooking with polluting fuels such as biomass and waste. This made indoor air pollution one of the leading health risk factors in developing countries. As a clean-burning fuel, methanol emits significantly less harmful emissions that are detrimental to health. It is a safe fuel that is easy to handle as it is a liquid at ambient temperature and pressure, making it suitable for regions that do not have access to gaseous fuels. Methanol’s properties as a fuel have seen it being used as a cooking fuel in industrial kitchens, households, refugee camps, and on ships. Most importantly, it is a cost-efficient fuel for households in developing countries that wish to transition to cleaner cooking solutions.

Methanol Industrial Boilers

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As the simplest molecule of alcohol, methanol is not only widely used as a building block of thousands chemicals but also as a clean energy for automobiles, cooking and marine applications. In countries like China, methanol is used as a clean alternative fuel to replace coal in various applications in heating, agriculture and manufacturing. In this brochure, you will find some facts about the current methanol usage in boilers.