India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

December 12, 2017 |

In India, in light of the difficulty for sugar mills to supply required volumes for the 10% ethanol-blending mandate, Autocar India reports that the government announced last week it would allow up to 15% blending of coal-based methanol in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Depending upon how it’s produced, however, it can have very high well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions. Ethanol and methanol can be blended together and then blended into petrol, which is likely to be done in India though the ratio of either blendstock isn’t clear.

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