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Because of methanol’s high octane and oxygen content, it is blended
in low quantities with gasoline to substantially reduce vehicle exhaust
emissions – a solution that was economically viable before biofuel blending
mandates or government subsidies, according to the Methanol Institute.
Alternatively, it is used in biodiesel production, methyl tert-butyl ether
(MTBE) production – another chemical which is blended with gasoline for cleaner
burning, or in dimethyl ether (DME) production, a promising fuel in its own
right (in LPG blends) or for use in diesel engines. Methanol is also being
examined as a marine fuel that, when obtained from biobased resources, can
provide a sustainable alternative to heavy fuel oil (HFO) to help meet strict
emissions regulations in the shipping industry.
company Maersk has recently established six partnerships with various companies
to support global green methanol production, to source over 700,000 tonnes/year
of methanol fuel by the end of 2025 via these offtake agreements. The
partnering companies are based across the world, but the resulting projects
from these partnerships will be built in...
Other news this month includes:
- UK fuel duty cut
- Industry supports UK mandate on SAF
- Norway proposes to drop double counting for waste derived fuels
- oneworld® Alliance members plan to purchase up to 200 million gallons of SAF
per year from Gevo
- Repsol builds Spain’s first advanced biofuels plant in Cartagena
Research and Development
- Increasing moves towards 100% biofuel for aviation
- Methanol from steel mill gas
- EU renewable ethanol makes contribution to Europe’s energy independence and
- Technip Energies and Clariant sign agreement for sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol
Aviation and Shipping Biofuel
- Maersk to ramp up methanol for marine applications
- TotalEnergies and ENEOS to study sustainable aviation fuel production at
ENEOS Negishi Refinery