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European Maritime Safety Agency gives OK for methanol and ethanol in ships

European Maritime Safety Agency gives OK for methanol and ethanol in ships

June 9, 2016 |

In Portugal, a new report from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) says methanol and ethanol are good potential alternatives for reducing both the emissions and carbon footprint of ship operations. As they are sulphur-free, use of methanol and ethanol fuels would ensure compliance with the European Commission Sulphur Directive. The EMSA commissioned a study […]

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European JRC finds LNG and methanol best alternative fuels for shipping

European JRC finds LNG and methanol best alternative fuels for shipping

May 9, 2016 |

In Italy, a recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonization of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change. Market penetration by alternative fuels has already begun with ship builders, engine manufacturers and classification societies by introducing […]

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Methanol as a chemical platform: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem

Methanol as a chemical platform: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem

April 12, 2016 |

This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers for chemical intermediates, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Enerkem Senior Vice President Tim Cesarek, focusing on Enerkem’s methanol production as a chemical platform. More on Enerkem here in our 5-Minute Guide. The recorded version […]

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Iranian engineers develop biorefinery for castor without need for fossil-based methanol  

Iranian engineers develop biorefinery for castor without need for fossil-based methanol  

September 29, 2015 |

In Iran, chemical engineers have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor oil without the need for extra petrochemical methanol, using a biorefinery set-up. Producing biodiesel from vegetable oils is not completely renewable, as the standard transesterification process requires the use of methanol, which is usually produced from petrochemical sources. The researchers, Hamed Bateni […]

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Methanol’s Moment: With low prices, and proven process, is meth your new best friend?

Methanol’s Moment: With low prices, and proven process, is meth your new best friend?

September 10, 2015 |

Methanol is gaining momentum as a low-carbon fuels target, as Enerkem starts producing in Edmonton. Why methanol, why now? Here, we look at the technology and market rationale for this rising trend. As we reported earlier this week, Enerkem has initiated methanol production at its Edmonton waste-to-fuels facility, and has raised an additional $115M in financing. […]

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Enerkem scores C$152.6 million in new funding and production of biomethanol from MSW

Enerkem scores C$152.6 million in new funding and production of biomethanol from MSW

September 9, 2015 |

In Canada, Enerkem announced it has raised C$152.6 million and has initiated the production of biomethanol from non-recyclable household garbage at the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. The financing is comprised of a recently accessed C$29 million debt facility from Integrated Asset Management Corp.’s (IAM) Private Debt Group as well as C$50 […]

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Geely Holding to invest $45.5 million in methanol as route to EU and China

Geely Holding to invest $45.5 million in methanol as route to EU and China

July 7, 2015 |

In Iceland, Geely Holding Group will invest $45.5 million in Iceland’s Carbon Recycling International Inc. in an effort to further speed up its methanol technology, allowing it to introduce methanol as a transportation fuel for cars in China and Europe. Greely owns Volvo Cars.

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NIST researchers see platinum catalysts as key for methanol use in fuel cell

NIST researchers see platinum catalysts as key for methanol use in fuel cell

June 18, 2015 |

In Colorado, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a fast, simple process for making platinum “nano-raspberries”—microscopic clusters of nanoscale particles of the precious metal. The berry-like shape is significant because it has a high surface area, which is helpful in the design of catalysts. Even better news for industrial […]

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Southern Chemical may invest $40 million in methanol storage in Ecuador

Southern Chemical may invest $40 million in methanol storage in Ecuador

May 6, 2015 |

In Ecuador, Southern Chemical Corporation may invest more than $40 million to build between six and eight 5,000 ton methanol storage tanks at its LPG terminal in Monteverde-Chorrillo on the expectation that the government will add methanol blending to its existing ethanol blending. The company also believes the terminal could act as a regional hub […]

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Kettering University researchers use supercritical methanol to boost biodiesel yields

Kettering University researchers use supercritical methanol to boost biodiesel yields

May 5, 2015 |

In Michigan, with support from the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at Kettering University, is attempting to speed up the process of making biodiesel – a renewable fuel that is made using predominantly soybean oil in the United States, but can be made from animal fats and other […]

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