China’s Use of Methanol in Liquid Fuels Has Grown Rapidly Since 2000

China is the global leader in methanol use and has recently expanded methanol production capacity. Since the early 2000s, China’s methanol consumption in fuel products has risen sharply and is estimated to have been more than 500,000 barrels per day (7.6 billion gallons per year) in 2016 according to the U.S. Energy Information Admisistration (EIA). […]

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Suit Seeks to Shift RFS Point of Obligation

Refiner Valero Energy is suing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in federal district court in Texas eyeing an alternate way to force the agency to shift the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance mandate, or “point of obligation,” from fuel refiners and importers to blenders, saying EPA has failed to meet a Clean Air Act […]

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First Customer Demonstration of DME-Powered Mack Truck Begins in New York City

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) this week became the first Mack customer in the world to evaluate DME in its fleet. The demonstration is being done in collaboration with Mack and MI member company Oberon Fuels using a Class 8 Mack Pinnacle axle back model equipped with a 13 liter Mack MP8 engine running on DME. “We […]

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IMO 0.5% Global Sulfur Cap on Marine Fuel to Take Effect in 2020

  In a move that could help boost methanol’s uptake as a marine fuel, the International Maritime Organization this week rejected attempts to delay implementation of a 0.5% global sulfur cap on marine fuel to 2025, moving ahead with the introduction of the cap in 2020. It is likely that the 2020 deadline will push […]

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Enerkem and Partners Plan Sustainable Methanol Plant at Port of Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Netherlands – The construction of a waste-to-chemicals plant in the Netherlands that will produce methanol from synthesis gas generated from residual waste is a step closer. A partnership consisting of AkzoNobel, Van Gansewinkel, Air Liquide, AVR, MI member Enerkem and Port of Rotterdam announced today that it is looking to build the plant in […]

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MI Presents at Platts EU Refining Summit

On Thursday, MI’s Greg Dolan gave a presentation on “Sustainable Shipping: Methanol as a Marine Fuel” at the Platts 10th Anniversary European Refining Summit in Brussels. Traditionally one of the world’s most widely shipped chemical commodities, methanol now has an historic opportunity to move from the ship’s cargo holds to their fuel bunkers. The presentation […]

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Methanol Forum & DME 7 Held in Houston

This week, Houston hosted both the Argus/JJ&A Methanol Forum and the 7th International DME Conference.  With well-over 250 attendees, the Methanol Forum began with a keynote address by former US Senator Mary Landrieu, arranged by the Methanol Institute.  Her talk focused on the role methanol can play in a carbon constrained world, noting “methanol provides […]

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Methanol-Fuelled Stove to take the Soot Out of Indian Kitchens

PUNE: Behind the veneer of India gearing up to build smart cities, lies a sooty truth of indoor pollution. According to experts, nearly 40 crore people are exposed to indoor pollution in India as two-thirds of the households here still use solid fuel such as wood and charcoal for cooking. And that’s not all. Being […]

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Enerkem Facility Earns ISCC Certification for Methanol Production

Edmonton, Canada – MI member Enerkem, Inc. announced on Wednesday that its Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification System (ISCC). Enerkem has become the first ISCC-certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into bio-methanol.  Tim Cesarek, Enerkem’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, […]

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Methanol Powered Triumph to Attempt to Break the Motorcycle Land Speed Record

Triumph Motorcycles will be attempting to take the motorcycle land speed record this month.  The British bike manufacturer has moved one step closer to achieving that goal by reaching a speed of 441kph (274.2mph). This feat took place at the Mecca of speed record attempts, the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, with Isle of […]

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