Methanol is an attractive emerging fuel for electricity generation. During times of great electricity demand, such as hot summer days, turbine engines are often used as “peak generators” to bolster the electric grid’s capacity. Methanol has been demonstrated to be a viable replacement to oil as a fuel for these crucial backup generators, as well as a more environmentally friendly way of improving their performance.
Around the globe, several projects are underway to incorporate methanol into existing, dual-fueled gas turbines. Methanol’s low heating value, low lubricity, and low flash point make it a superior turbine fuel compared to natural gas and distillate, which can translate to lower emissions, improved heat rate, and higher power output. Recent methanol-to-power demonstration project have shown the viability of this technology, especially for our island nations and other areas not situated near gas pipelines.
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Market and Economic Assessment of Using Methanol for Power Generation in the Caribbean Region
RENIQUE J. MURRAY and HAYDN I. FURLONGE
Natural Gas Institute of the Americas, The University of Trinidad and Tobago, Pt. Lisas Campus, Esperanza Road, Brechin Castle, Trinidad, West Indies