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Philippines cracking down on methanol blending

Philippines cracking down on methanol blending

December 5, 2016 |

In the Philippines, the Department of Energy has been monitoring gas stations to make sure they comply with the ethanol-blending mandate and found several locations where methanol is blended into gasoline contrary to the biofuel law. Most of those found to be blending methanol are independent retailers with just a single station. The Independent Philippine […]

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Indian policy stuck on methanol blending levels

Indian policy stuck on methanol blending levels

December 1, 2016 |

In India, the issue of methanol blending is stuck while the ministry of petroleum and natural gas sorts out what the right blending level should be. The fuel has been identified as an alternative to expensive fossil fuels that make up the majority of transportation energy in the country. Ethanol blending has been slow to […]

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Enerkem aims for Rottterdam with latest waste-to-methanol plant 

Enerkem aims for Rottterdam with latest waste-to-methanol plant 

October 9, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, a partnership comprised of AkzoNobel, Van Gansewinkel, Air Liquide, AVR and Enerkem is looking to build its waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam, the province of South Holland and InnovationQuarter. The new chemical plant will use Enerkem’s innovative technology to convert residual waste […]

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Researchers make breakthrough in catalyst for methane to methanol

Researchers make breakthrough in catalyst for methane to methanol

August 18, 2016 |

In California, a team of researchers from Belgium and the U.S. has identified the active site of an iron-containing catalyst that has raised hopes for designing a practically useful catalyst that might make converting methane to methanol a possibility. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe their efforts, what they discovered […]

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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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