MI Press Releases

Methanol Institute Welcomes Rafik Ammar as Manager of Government & Public Affairs Europe

October 17, 2022

The Methanol Institute has appointed Rafik Ammar as Manager of Government and Public Affairs Europe, serving in the Brussels office for the methanol industry’s global trade association. In his role for MI, Mr. Ammar will apply his expertise in the European legislative process to support the association’s government relations strategy in Europe, leading stakeholder engagements to effectively share the perspectives of the methanol sector with policymakers.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes European Energy as a New Member

October 10, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome European Energy as our newest member. European Energy develops, finances, constructs and operates wind and solar farms as well as large-scale Power-to-X (PtX) plants. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the company has a strong track record of developing projects in 26 countries. Founded in 2004, European Energy has a development pipeline of more than 40 GW of renewable energy projects and is currently constructing more than 1 GW of new energy capacity annually.

Methanol Institute Sees Renewable Methanol Production Growth

October 5, 2022

MI has released an interactive map on its website (www.methanol.org/renewable/) tracking more than 80 renewable methanol projects around the globe that are projected to produce more than eight million metric tons (2.7 billion gallons or 10 billion liters) per year of e-methanol and bio-methanol by 2027. Curated by the MI team based on publicly announced projects, the database provides a novel look at the anticipated growth of renewable methanol production.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings as a New Member

September 12, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (Norwegian) as our newest member. Norwegian is a leading global cruise company that operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands. The company has a combined fleet of 29 ships that offer itineraries to approximately 500 destinations worldwide and a robust pipeline of eight additional ships on order through 2027.

Methanol Takes Another Step Forward as China Shipping Giants Opt for Methanol

September 5, 2022

MI has welcomed comments made by the chairmen of China Merchants Energy Shipping and COSCO Shipping Bulk, that the two companies will focus on Methanol marine fuel as their primary area of research in the future.

CMES chairman Xie Chunlin and Gu Jinsong, Chairman of COSCO Shipping Bulk made the comments in a meeting held in late August, during which the two reviewed the co-operation between their companies and exchanged views on the shipping industry’s low-carbon transformation.

Methanol Institute Appoints Matthías Ólafsson as Chief EU Representative

July 25, 2022

MI announced that Matthías Ólafsson has been appointed Chief EU Representative of the trade association effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Ólafsson will provide strategic vision and functional expertise in overseeing MI’s government and public affairs in Europe. He will lead stakeholder relations and the association’s undertaking to represent a strong voice for the methanol sector among policymakers in Brussels. Matthías succeeds Eelco Dekker who had served as MI’s Chief EU Representative since 2014.

Methanol Institute Debuts Video on FASTWATER Pilot Boat Project

July 13, 2022

The Methanol Institute (MI) and FASTWATER have released a video highlighting the benefits of Methanol as a marine fuel for small craft operating in ports and inshore waters. The film highlights the launch in late 2021 of the first pilot boat operated by the Swedish Maritime Administration converted to run on methanol by the FASTWATER consortium. The conversion is the first of a potential fleet conversion by the SMA, adopting Methanol to lower pollution and cut carbon emissions.

Methanol Institute, TERI, and IIT Kanpur Ink MOU to Promote Domestic Solutions for Driving the Methanol Economy in India

July 11, 2022

MI, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly drive the use of methanol as an alternative fuel for different applications and promote sustainable pathways of methanol production in India. Methanol, which has been on the government’s agenda since 2016, is a strategic product that presents an opportunity for India to achieve the 2070 net-zero vision and ensure energy security.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Alfa Laval as a new Member

May 5, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Alfa Laval as a new member of the association. Headquartered in Sweden, Alfa Laval has been supplying equipment and services to the marine industry for over a century and is active in the areas of Energy, Marine, and Food & Water, offering its expertise, products, and service to a wide range of industries in some 100 countries. The company is committed to optimizing processes, creating responsible growth, and driving progress – always going the extra mile to support customers in achieving their business goals and sustainability targets.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Air Company as our Newest Member

May 3, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Air Company as our newest member. Air Company is a carbon technology company based in New York that ideates and creates products for the future. Launched in 2019, they have invented a scalable Carbon Conversion Reactor that runs on 100% renewable energy to convert captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into impurity-free, carbon-negative alcohols, with oxygen and water as the only byproducts. The technology mimics photosynthesis in a more efficient manner and only requires three inputs; air (CO2), water, and sun (renewable energy).

Methanol Institute Welcomes ControlRooms as Association's Newest Member

April 12, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome ControlRooms as our newest member company. ControlRooms is the AI-powered monitoring and collaboration tool for critical infrastructure. Its SaaS application is used by chemical plants to reduce unplanned outages by monitoring plant operations in real-time and facilitating troubleshooting among operations, engineering, reliability, security and business teams.

MI Welcomes Aker Clean Hydrogen as New Member

April 06, 2022

The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome Aker Clean Hydrogen as our newest member company. Based in Norway, Aker Clean Hydrogen develops, builds, owns, and operates clean hydrogen, ammonia, and methanol facilities globally to solve industrial climate challenges within hard-to-abate sectors. Aker Clean Hydrogen’s industrial target is to reach 5 GW net installed capacity by the end of this decade.

MI Organizes Webinar on Methanol’s Role in the Indian Energy Landscape

March 29, 2022

The Methanol Institute is hosting a webinar titled Methanol’s role in India’s Energy Mix on April 12, 2022 at 1400 hrs (IST). The webinar will feature speakers from NITI Aayog-Government of India, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and Argus Media who will discuss the policy initiatives, opportunities for the methanol industry, and the potential role of methanol in the country’s energy transition and ensuring energy security.

Methanol Institute Elects New Board Chair From Proman

March 24, 2022

During a virtual meeting held today, the Methanol Institute’s Board of Directors elected Anita Gajadhar, Managing Director Marketing and Logistics for Proman, as their new Board Chair. Ms. Gajadhar takes over the Board Chair role from Kevin Struve of OCI N.V., who served as MI Board Chair for the past three years.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Glocal Green as Association's Newest Member

March 21, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Glocal Green as our newest member company. Norway’s Glocal Green produces bio-e-methanol by utilizing residual raw materials such as logging residues and/or other industrial waste not good enough to be used in commercial products. Glocal Green’s first concept phase will concentrate on tops, branches, and other residues from logging, sawmill waste, demolition wood and, eventually, fish-farming sludge, agricultural waste, and other biomass which would otherwise be discarded or left to rot.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Silent-Power AG as Association's Newest Member Company

March 14, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Silent- Power AG as a new member to the association. Silent-Power is an innovative Swiss SMC focusing on the introduction of a CO2 neutral energy economy based on emission-free green or synthetic Methanol.
Silent-Power develops power plants, outdoor heaters, and mobile energy solutions, as well as further innovative machines operating on synthetic methanol.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes SunHydro as our Newest Member

March 9, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome SunHydro, Inc. as our newest member company. SunHydro is a global leader in providing methanol-based hydrogen energy solutions, including hydrogen gas provisioning and hydrogen-electricity power facilities. SunHydro’s products range from HRS-in-a-container supported by methanol-reforming, methanol/hydrogen power station/mini-grid, exchangeable-canister-type hydrogen vehicles with 2- 3- 4- wheelers supported by methanol-reforming hydrogen refilling system, etc.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes TotalEnergies Marine Fuels as Association's Newest Member

March 1, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome TotalEnergies Marine Fuels as our newest member company. TotalEnergies Marine Fuels is global, multi-energy company TotalEnergies’ dedicated business unit in charge of worldwide bunkering activities.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Evos as the Association's Newest Member

February 14, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Evos as the association’s newest member company. Evos is a European tank storage platform, featuring 6.3 million cubic meters of storage capacity divided over 8 terminals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Terneuzen, Ghent, Hamburg, Algeciras and Malta.

Methanol Institute to Host Webinar on Methanol and Maritime Policy Under EU's Fit for 55 Package

January 26, 2022

The Methanol Institute is hosting a webinar titled: Full Steam Ahead: Methanol and Maritime Policy Under EU’s Fit for 55″ on February 15, 2022, 1400 HRS (CEST). The webinar will feature speakers from global shipping company Mærsk, methanol producer Proman, and the European Parliament. They will share their vision on the regulatory landscape taking shape for alternative marine fuels in Europe and the potential role of methanol in the energy transition of European shipping.

Methanol Institute Releases Fit for 55 Position Paper

January 20, 2022

In December 2015, policymakers from 175 countries came together in Paris to negotiate a historic treaty that set up a global framework to avoid climate change and limit global warming to 1.5°C. The Paris Agreement is the first universal, legally binding global climate change agreement. Although the EU has taken its commitment seriously, cutting GHG emissions by 23% compared to 1990 levels by 2018, EU policymakers sought to move further, towards carbon neutrality, and to transform the EU into a sustainable and yet competitive economy.

The Methanol Institute Welcomes Vertoro as a New Member

January 12, 2022

MI is pleased to welcome Vertoro as the association’s newest member company. Vertoro produce a sustainable methanol drop-in fuel and chemical building block from agricultural and forestry residues which is branded Goldilocks®.

The Journey to Decarbonization: Closing the Gap Between Talk and Action

December 2021

The EU’s Fit for 55 agenda can be an opportunity for progress on shipping emissions and the catalyst for greater availability of alternative marine fuels – but the EU must support the industry during the transition, writes Matthias Ólafsson of The Methanol Institute.

Methanol Institute to Host November 18 Webinar - Fit for 55: Power-to-X in Europe's Energy Transition

November 3, 2021

The Methanol Institute is hosting a webinar titled Fit for 55: Power-to-X in Europe´s Energy Transition. The webinar will feature speakers from the eFuel Alliance, Liquid Wind, and CEFIC. They will elaborate on the implications of the Fit for 55 package for the production of fuels and chemicals sourced from renewable electricity (RFNBOs) and their allotted role in the energy transition of industry and mobility.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Danaos Shipping as a New Member

November 15, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome Danaos Shipping as the association’s newest member company. Danaos is an international provider of seaborne transportation services and one of the world’s leading providers of containership operations.

Liquid Sunshine Methanol-to-Hydrogen Station Opened to Support Beijing Winter Olympics

October 28, 2021

October 21st, the Liquid Sunshine Hydrogen Station demonstration was launched in China’s Zhang Jia Kou City, which is set to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. Led by Academician Li Can from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the liquid sunshine hydrogen station was jointly developed by Zhang Jia Gang Institute of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), CAS, and China International Marine Containers (CIMC) Enric. The station uses liquid sunshine methanol to produce hydrogen with a capacity of 50-100 kg/day along with CO2 recovery. The hydrogen produced at the station from liquid sunshine methanol will be used to support fuel cell vehicles operating during the Beijing Winter Olympics

Methanol Institute Welcomes ABEL Energy as our Newest Member Company

November 1, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome ABEL Energy as our newest member company. ABEL Energy is proposing to build and operate a series of green hydrogen and methanol projects throughout Australia, using the country’s abundant solar and wind energy resources. When carbon is required as an input, ABEL Energy will use CO2 extracted directly or indirectly from the air, not carbon from the ground.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Kaizen Clean Energy as Newest Member

October 21, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome Kaizen Clean Energy (KCE) as the association’s newest member company. KCE is a future fuels-focused company, headquartered in Houston, TX, specializing in the design, development, and manufacture of hydrogen generators for decentralized power in transportation, power, agricultural, EV charging, municipalities, and hydrogen markets.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Casale as our Newest Member

October 28, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome Casale SA as the association’s newest member company. Casale is a global provider of integrated solutions for the production of fertilizers, methanol and other base chemicals. The company, established in 1921, is a privately-owned Swiss company, with headquarters in Lugano (Switzerland).

Methanol Institute: EU’s Fit for 55 Agenda is an Opportunity for Progress on Shipping Emissions

October 18, 2021

Methanol Institute has welcomed the European Union’s package of proposals known as Fit for 55 as an opportunity to advance the availability of alternative fuels for shipping. But MI has urged the Commission to consider how best to support the industry on the journey towards the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Methanol Institute launches India Methanol Economy Coalition (IMEC) with a white paper on methanol as a hydrogen carrier

October 19, 2021

MI recently launched the India Methanol Economy Coalition (IMEC), a first-of-its-kind coalition in India to promote the adoption of methanol as an energy product in India. IMEC brings together diverse stakeholders around a common goal of augmenting the methanol economy.

Methanol Institute Welcomes Greenfield Global as our Newest Member

September 28, 2021

The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome Greenfield Global as the association’s newest member company. Greenfield provides high-value, mission-critical raw materials, ingredients and additives that are vital to businesses, improve people’s lives and preserve the health of the planet.

Methanol Institute Position on Energy Taxation Directive Revision

October 11, 2021

Methanol Institute expresses the association’s full support for the European Commission’s proposed revision of the Energy Taxation Directive under the Fit for 55 packages. The central feature of the revision introduced in July is the restructuring of EU taxation of fuels to reflect actual energy content and environmental performance, rather than volumetric weight.

Methanol Institute Welcomes RusChem Management as our Newest Member

September 1, 2021

MI is pleased to welcome RusChem Management as the association’s newest member company. RusChem is developing a methanol and natural gas refining complex in Russia to be put into operation by 2026 in the Nenets Autonomous Region (NAO) on the Barents Sea coast.

Methanol Institute Welcomes WasteFuel as our Newest Member

September 21, 2021

The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome WasteFuel as the association’s newest member company. WasteFuel is revolutionizing mobility and addressing the climate emergency by transforming waste into sustainable fuels using proven technologies. WasteFuel uses scalable technologies to convert municipal waste (trash) and agricultural waste into low-carbon fuels, renewable natural gas, and green methanol.

MSC Group and Oldendorff Carriers join the Methanol Institute

July 20, 2021

The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome MSC Group and Oldendorff Carriers as the association’s newest members. The two companies – both highly respected leaders in their respective shipping markets – join a community dedicated to knowledge sharing and experience building in the use of Methanol as a safe, future-proof fuel.

Well-to-wake Accounting of GHG Emissions Must be Priority for Maritime Policy-Makers

August 25, 2021

Methanol Institute sets out policy position ahead of autumn environmental meetings that will set direction for sustainable marine fuels

METHANOL INSTITUTE ORGANIZES METHANOL AS A DIESEL SUBSTITUTE WEBINAR

June 8, 2021
ThThe Methanol Institute (MI) is hosting a webinar titled Methanol as a Diesel Substitute on June 22, 2021, 0900 HRS (ET). The webinar will feature speakers from ClearFlame Engine Technologies, DOR Motors, and FUELSAVE, who will present about how methanol is increasingly becoming a diesel substitute. Register now for this FREE webinar.

METHANOL INSTITUTE RELEASES 2021 EDITION OF METHANOL MILESTONES

April 13, 2021
The 2021 edition of Milestones details both MI and the industry’s activities over the course of 2020, a year that was anything but normal. The COVID-19 pandemic drove economies to shut down, halted global travel, led an oil price collapse, and much more. For the Methanol Institute, 2020 brought both great challenges and exciting opportunities. MI worked hard to pivot our activities to maintain momentum and best position the industry for post COVID expansion. As we have sought new opportunities, funding for conferences, events, and pilot projects has moved to tabletop studies, consultant activities, and a strong push to increase our digital presence.

2021 milestones full cover

METHANOL INSTITUTE WELCOMES LIQUID WIND AS ASSOCIATION'S NEWEST MEMBER

March 16, 2021
The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome Liquid Wind as our newest member company. Liquid Wind is a Power-to-Fuel Company committed to significantly reducing carbon emissions from shipping and transportation. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, the company develops, finances, builds and manages facilities to produce renewable methanol. Each facility will combine captured biogenic carbon dioxide with renewable electricity in the form of hydrogen, to produce liquid, carbon neutral fuel. Liquid Wind has a strong Consortium, including Siemens Energy, Haldor Topsoe and Carbon Clean. The close collaboration and integration of leading technology will ensure production of cost-effective renewable methanol.

METHANOL INSTITUTE WELCOMES CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCES AS ASSOCIATION'S NEWEST MEMBER

February 19, 2021
The Methanol Institute is pleased to welcome Clean Energy Resources LLC (“CER”), as our newest member company. CER is a leader in applying circular economy principles, including large-scale carbon capture and refinery waste recycling to the hydrocarbon industry. It is currently developing the Lake Charles Methanol project near Lake Charles, Louisiana, which will be the world’s largest industrial carbon capture facility with a capacity of 4 million tons of methanol per year. Methanol is a clean burning fuel with uses in transportation, heating and downstream petrochemical industries. This is the first in a series of CER projects which produce zero-carbon products from petroleum waste and natural gas.

METHANOL INSTITUTE WELCOMES RIX INDUSTRIES AS ASSOCIATION'S NEWEST MEMBER

February 1, 2021
The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome RIX Industries as our newest member company. RIXIndustries is a technology-focused company specializing in the design, development and manufacturing of gas generation systems, precision compressor solutions, and cryogenic cooling technologies for critical applications in Marine, Aerospace, Land, Energy, Industrial, Medical, and Telecomm markets. Founded in 1878, the company is headquartered in Benicia, CA, and operates additional facilities in Sparks, NV (production) and Rockville, CA (Innovation Center).

IRENA AND METHANOL INSTITUTE RELEASE REPORT ON RENEWABLE METHANOL

January 27, 2021
The  International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Methanol Institute (MI) released a joint report “Innovation Outlook: Renewable Methanol.” This comprehensive report discusses market status and outlook of renewable methanol for the main applications such as feedstock for petrochemicals and transport sectors such as shipping, car and truck fuel. It also elaborates on what policy actions are needed to facilitate an uptake of renewable methanol in the next decade.

CEN WORKSHOP AGREEMENT PUTS METHANOL IN POLE POSITION AS SAFE CLEAN ARCTIC FUEL

December 1, 2020
The Methanol Institute is urging the maritime community to take action to mitigate pollution and emissions risk in Polar regions by adopting Methanol as marine fuel, applying safe bunkering guidelines developed by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). Facilitated by the Safe Maritime Operations under Extreme Conditions: the Arctic Case (SEDNA), which advocates for an integrated risk-based approach to safe Arctic navigation, ship design and operation, the project secured a CEN Workshop Agreement on a process to address safety during bunkering of Methanol as a marine fuel earlier this year.

SHIPPING SHOULD SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY OF LOW CARBON METHANOL

November 19, 2020
The combination of market mechanisms and regulatory instruments will be the defining feature of shipping’s journey to decarbonization. Though regulation remains critical to implementation, the drive from the industry will accelerate the process.

APPROVAL OF METHANOL GUIDELINES BY IMO WILL RELEASE ‘PENT-UP DEMAND’ FOR LOW CARBON ALTERNATIVES

November 9, 2020
The Methanol Institute (MI) has welcomed the adoption by the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee of interim guidelines on the use of Methanol as a marine fuel. The guidelines enshrine ethyl and methyl alcohols as options for marine fuel; a milestone the institute believes will be catalyst for more ship operators to consider Methanol as a low carbon compliance option.

THE METHANOL INSTITUTE IS PLEASED TO WELCOME STENA BULK AS OUR NEWEST MEMBER

November 9, 2020
The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome Stena Bulk as our newest member company. Stena Bulk’s mission is to provide customers with safe and cost-efficient tanker transportation based on innovation and performance. Stena Bulk’s fleet consists of about 100 vessels and the company have offices in six countries. Stena Bulk is part of the Stena Sphere, which has around 20 000 employees in Sweden and abroad.

THE METHANOL INSTITUTE WELCOMES SOUTHERN GREEN GAS AS A NEW ASSOCIATION MEMBER

October 27, 2020
The Methanol Institute (MI) is pleased to welcome Australia’s Southern Green Gas as our newest member. Southern Green Gas is a renewable energy company pioneering world-first technology aimed at creating carbon-neutral fuels; renewable methane and renewable methanol. At the heart of Southern Green Gas’s technology is the ability to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to create fuels that are not only sustainable, but also can be transported in existing infrastructure. Southern Green Gas’s approach is unique in the use of small production modules that are amenable to mass manufacture. The potential cost reduction benefits from this approach could allow a least cost transition to a low carbon vibrant economy.

METHANOL COULD BE THE MOTOR FUEL OF CHOICE TO MEET FUTURE TRANSPORT ENERGY DEMAND

October 20, 2020
Methanol could become a cost-efficient, clean and sustainable alternative to fossil fuel in transport, according to a new report* published by the International Energy Agency’s Advanced Motor Fuel (AMF) Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP). As climate change mitigation gains traction around the world, there is a growing need to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of transport. Improving energy efficiency of engines is insufficient, and alternative fuels are required to further improve the environmental performance of different modes of transport.