Methanol (CH3OH) is a liquid chemical used in thousands of everyday products, including plastics,
paints, cosmetics and fuels. Liquid methanol is made from synthesis gas, a mix of hydrogen, carbon
dioxide and carbon monoxide. These simple ingredients can be sourced from a wide range of
feedstocks and using different technology approaches.
Renewable methanol is an ultra-low carbon chemical produced from sustainable biomass, often called
bio-methanol, or from carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced from renewable electricity.
MI Releases new report on Renewable Methanol
Compared to conventional fuels, renewable methanol cuts carbon dioxide emissions by up to 95%, reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80%, and completely eliminates sulfur oxide and particulate matter emissions. The report, prepared for MI by ATA Insights, features case studies on renewable methanol production by Carbon Recycling International (CRI), Enerkem, and BioMCN.
Around the world, leading companies and research organizations are bringing renewable methanol technologies to the marketplace. Here are some of the “players” leading the renewable methanol revolution. Below you will find descriptions of these players, web site links, and their latest reports/presentations. If you want to join this group, contact the Methanol Institute.
Carbon Recycling International (CRI) captures carbon dioxide from industrial emissions and converts carbon dioxide into Renewable Methanol (RM). RM is a clean fuel that can be blended at different levels with gasoline to meet renewable energy directives. The production process captures carbon dioxide and minimizes emissions from energy intensive industries. CRI’s methanol is compatible with existing energy and fuel infrastructure
Clariant was formed in 1995 as a spin off from the chemical company Sandoz, which was itself established in Basel in 1886. Through our direct lineage, we have amassed knowledge and experience of chemistry and industry spanning approximately 150 years. Clariant expanded through the incorporation of the speciality chemicals business of Hoechst (Germany) in 1997, and the acquisitions of BTP plc (UK) in 2000 and Ciba’s Masterbatches division in 2006. In 2008, we acquired the leading U.S. colorant suppliers Rite Systems and Ricon Colors. The latest acquisition, the highly-innovative specialty chemicals company Süd-Chemie (Germany), was completed on 21 April 2011.
GasTechno is an alternative energy company helping gas producers create value from small sources of stranded, vented and flared gas. We work with natural gas producers, landfill operators and biogas producers.
Haldor Topsoe is a world leader in catalysis and surface science. Based on our industry leading syngas solutions, our methanol synthesis process, high activity catalysts and expert services deliver the highest possible production of methanol from a broad range of syngas, including those from coal and shale gas. Ease of operation, reduced downtime and maximum energy efficiency ensure our customers achieve optimal performance and the lowest total cost of ownership.
Johnson Matthey is a specialty chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysis, precious metals, fine chemicals and process technology. Johnson Matthey’s principal activities are the manufacture of auto catalysts, heavy duty diesel catalysts and pollution control systems, catalysts and components for fuel cells, catalysts and technologies for chemical processes, fine chemicals, chemical catalysts and active pharmaceutical ingredients and the marketing, refining, and fabrication of precious metals.
Methanex is the world’s largest producer and supplier of methanol to major international markets in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. That means every day – the world over – Methanex plays a vital role in people’s lives. Methanol is an important ingredient in many of the essential industrial and consumer products that make the world a better place in which to live, work and play.
Only state in the nation served entirely by public power utilities. NPPD is the largest electric utility in the state in terms of gross revenue, kilowatt-hour sales and geographic area served. Public Power’s role is to focus on customers, not stockholders.
- NPPD’s generation portfolio is more than 56 % carbon-free
- NPPD will be obtaining access to H2 fuel source in 2019
- Having H2 fuel source along with access to available local CO2 sources (ethanol and coal plants), provides a potential methanol fuel stock that could be an additional “Green” energy fuel, hydrogen carrier, energy storage source for NPPD customers.
OCI N.V. is a global producer of natural gas-based chemicals and an engineering & construction contractor based in the Netherlands. The Chemicals segment produces nitrogen fertilizers, methanol and other natural gas based products, serving agricultural and industrial customers from the Americas to Asia. We rank among the world’s largest nitrogen fertilizer producers with current production capacity of nearly 7 million metric tons in the Netherlands, the United States, Egypt and Algeria. We are also the largest merchant methanol producer in the United States. The Construction segment provides international engineering and construction services primarily on infrastructure, industrial and high-end commercial projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia for public and private clients. It ranks among the world’s top global contractors. OCI N.V. employs over 72,000 people in 35 countries.
Qatar Fuel Additives Company, popularly known as QAFAC, is an outcome of the Nation’s far-sighted strategic plan to diversify its petrochemical base and expand its downstream industries. The Company aims to optimize the utilization of the country’s vast hydrocarbon resources through producing and exporting Methanol and MTBE. Established in 1991, QAFAC is a joint venture between Industries Qatar, OPIC Middle East Corporation, International Octane LLC and LCY Middle East Corp. The Company commenced operations in 1999.
Quantiam is a Canadian high technology manufacturing company founded in 1998 by Steve Petrone.
Quantiam works to solve pervasive, high-cost materials problems in selected industry segments by applied research, development, and pilot-scale trial manufacturing in collaboration with key global clients.
Quantiam’s Methanol+ delivers a carbon negative solution to petrochemical and hydrogen manufacturing with global potential. The game changing Methanol+ (Green Methanol and Solar Hydrogen) technology package couples two process technologies. The first generates hydrogen from sunlight and water. The second uses this hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide emissions to produce methanol, a high value global commodity chemical and a key building block in olefins and polymer production. Methanol+ is a sink for nearly 1.5 tonnes of CO2e per tonne of methanol produced, disrupting the traditional thinking that climate action and commercial success cannot move forward together.
Quantiam’s innovation pipeline spans a large range of technology readiness. The company’s commercially available CAMOL™ (Catalytically-Assisted Manufacture of OLefins) technology improves performance, profitability, reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in steam cracking for olefins manufacture. A new generation of catalyst (SGX) and inert (i-1300) coatings for high severity steam cracking are under development and will be commercialized in 2022. Wear coatings for the oil and gas sector (TRL 6/7) are on their second generation and second round of field trials. The Methanol+ technologies (Solar Hydrogen and Green Methanol) which enable carbon-negative production of methanol are advancing to TRL 5+ by 2020.