The Methanol Institute (MI) is focused on providing timely, actionable technical information about methanol to the global community. This section will provide technical information about the methanol molecule and all of its capabilities. Visitors can also find helpful information about the safe handling of methanol and the health effects of methanol on the body.
Methanol’s characteristics as a liquid fuel at room temperature and the diverse sources from which methanol can be manufactured, make it an attractive alternative fuel for cars, trucks and buses. Methanol is also used as an input to the biodiesel production process, as well as a feedstock for the production of dimethyl ether, a clean burning liquid gas used primarily for cooking and heating applications, but also a suitable replacement for diesel fuel. In addition, methanol is a unique resource for use in on-grid and off-grid power turbines for electricity production, and an ideal hydrogen carrier for fuel cell technology applications including portable power.
This simple molecule packed with hydrogen and no carbon-to-carbon bonds burns cleaner than most energy sources and provides a viable, readily available alternative to traditional fossil fuels. As demand for alternative energy and fuels grows, methanol is positioned to provide the power needed for numerous applications in our daily lives.
Methanol is simply defined as a colorless organic liquid at room temperature and pressure. Though correct, this description is a small part of what a user must know and understand about the physical properties of methanol
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