Methanol

Methanol (CH3OH), the simplest liquid alchohol, has many desirable properties. It is a highly efficient energy carrier, for example one liter of methanol contains more hydrogen than one liter of compressed hydrogen. It is a single carbon molecule which means that it burns cleanly and does not form soot or particles. Unlike gasoline and diesel, methanol is also suitable for both internal combustion engines and fuel cell technology, which transform methanol directly into electricity.

As a combustion fuel, methanol has high octane rating (109 RON compared to 95 RON for standard gasoline), which allows for higher efficiency of conversion into mechanical energy compared to gasoline or diesel. Methanol can be splash blended with gasoline and each liter of gasoline may contain up to 3% methanol, according to the European fuel standard. Blends of 15% methanol in gasoline are used in Australia, Italy, India, Israel and China, where use of 100% methanol in light vehicles, buses and trucks is also common. Methanol is used in the production of biodiesel and increasingly for production of a variety of fuel ethers which are either suitable for diesel or gasoline engines (DME, MTBE, OME etc.). It is also a growing fuel for marine engines, industrial boilers and cookstoves, due to its ease of handling and clean combustion.

The properties of methanol, which is a clean burning fuel, with high octane will also enable the production of highly efficient and light combustion engines for both private cars, trucks and buses. Unlimited range, rapid charging at traditional fuel station, coupled with lower cost of building cars with combustion engines will support a growing market for vehicles which can operate on methanol in different blends with gasoline. Methanol can also be used to make synthetic gasoline or fuels such as dimethyl ether which can be used by diesel engines, with high efficiency of conversion. 

Drive Change With Renewable Methanol

 Vulcanol - Renewable Methanol

Vulcanol (TM) is CRI's brand name for renewable methanol, produced from carbon dioxide and hydrogen from renewable sources of electricity (hydro, geothermal, wind and solar). Vulcanol (TM) is chemically identical to fossil methanol and can therefore be substituted for any traditional methanol application and thus represents a low-carbon fuel and feedstock for synthetic materials. With nearly 80 millions tons produced and consumed per year, methanol is a large platform, globally traded product with a variety of applications within the fuel and chemical sectors. CRI has sold Vulcanol (TM) commercially for various applications over an extended period of time to clients across Europe and in China.

Vulcanol (TM) from our current production plant reduces carbon emissions by more than 90% compared to fossil fuels, in the complete product life-cycle, from extraction, production to end use. The process is certified by SGS Germany according to the ISCC Plus system, based on standard ISCC EU methodology for calculation of GHG emissions in the product life-cycle. Producing methanol using CRI’s ETL technology releases no toxic byproducts, requires no arable land or scarce agricultural resources and thus does not compete with food production as traditional biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. The production is operated with energy from renewable sources with known cost and minimal environmental impact.

A highly convenient transport fuel, Vulcanol (TM) is a clean burning, high octane fuel which offers a more efficient combustion than gasoline or diesel. It can be splash-blended with gasoline to significantly improve engine performance and vehicle carbon footprint. Vulcanol (TM) can be used directly in internal combustion engines with merely minor modifications, in fuel cells, turbines or boilers. It can be used for gasoline blending and production of fossil fuel components or biodiesel. It is an optimal marine fuel, emitting low levels of NOx emissions, no SOx emissions and no particulate matter when combusted. The EU Renewable Energy Directive and Fuel Quality Directive classify renewable methanol from non-biological sources as an advanced renewable fuel. As the world searches for scalable and sustainable solutions to the problem of decarbonising transport, CRI’s production technology can enable rapid and sustainable growth of renewable liquid fuels. Broadening of the concept of renewable fuels to include all low carbon intensity sources of energy, for example byproduct hydrogen from industry, will also support the expansion of this market and raise the value of the technology and its application.

As a an energy dense liquid, Vulcanol (TM) is also a highly efficient energy carrier as one liter of methanol contains more hydrogen than one liter of compressed hydrogen. As such it can serve to store surplus electricity generated at peak times by intermittently generating energy sources such as wind and solar power and transport electrical energy to off-grid locations.

Vulcanol (TM) is delivered by sea from Iceland in 18 ton mobile ISO-containers.

Applications

Methanol is a large platform clean fuel and chemical with multiple applications. Chemically identical to fossil methanol, renewable methanol can be substituted for any traditional methanol application and thus represents a low-carbon fuel and feedstock for synthetic materials. Select an application below for further information.

Chemicals

Chemicals

Waste-Water Treatment

Waste-Water Treatment