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FiTech Concludes Agreement on Methanol Fuelled Heavy-Duty... FiTech, MI's newest member from China, recently concluded an agreement with Beiben Heavy-Duty Trucks of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, for the production of methanol fuelled, heavy-duty trucks based on Beiben's...

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MI and Partners Launch Successful Vietnam Methanol... Hanoi, Vietnam - On Tuesday, MI and Hanoi Medical University's Institute for Preventative Medicine & Public Health (HMU-IPMPH) held a successful launch of their Vietnam Methanol Education Programs...

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Methanol Milestones 2016 Released The Methanol Institute has released the 2016 edition of our yearly newsletter Methanol Milestones. Milestones 2016 features: a message from our newly-elected Board Chairman Ben Iosefa of Methanex; articles...

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Methanex Debuts Video on the Benefits of Methanol Fuel MI member Methanex this week released a new video on the benefits of methanol as a vehicle fuel. Across the world, methanol is emerging as a clean, sustainable transportation fuel of the future. Methanol...

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7th International DME Conference in Houston this September Methanol industry members are invited to join fleet owners, OEMs, and members of the DME, propane and alternative fuel industries in Houston this September to learn about the opportunities being created...

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FiTech Concludes Agreement on Methanol Fuelled Heavy-Duty Trucks

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FiTech - Beiben Trucks 4FiTech, MI’s newest member from China, recently concluded an agreement with Beiben Heavy-Duty Trucks of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, for the production of methanol fuelled, heavy-duty trucks based on Beiben’s popular V3 model, which was originally designed and built in a joint venture with Daimler-Benz.

The trucks will be available worldwide based on a modified Weichai engine designed by FiTech which requires no additional reconfiguration of the original V3 chassis. FiTech has exclusive global distribution rights for the Beiben methanol model with the first truck expected to roll off the assembly line in August, 2016.

MI and Partners Launch Successful Vietnam Methanol Education Programs

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Vietnam LaunchHanoi, Vietnam – On Tuesday, MI and Hanoi Medical University’s Institute for Preventative Medicine & Public Health (HMU-IPMPH) held a successful launch of their Vietnam Methanol Education Programs (VMEP), jointly supported by Bach Mai Hospital’s Poison Control Center (PCC) and The LIAM Charitable Fund.
More than 100 senior government officials, medical and public health experts, and media participated in the half-day workshop.  There was also extensive media coverage, including TV and print media interviews with HMU senior officials and MI’s Dom LaVigne.  Dom and Lhani Davies presented on the MI-LIAM collaboration in Indonesia and the work by MI’s Product Stewardship Committee and Bootleg Alcohol Prevention Subcommittee.  Professor Nguyen Duc Hinh (HMU President), Professor Le Thi Huong (Director of IPMPH), Dr. Nguyen Trung Nguyen (Director, PCC), and senior officials from Vietnam’s Ministry of Health (MOH), Vietnam Food Administration (VFA) also presented during the workshop.
MOH indicated that Vietnamese consumers drink 3.4 billion litres of beer and 600 million litres of liquor annually.  This is worth US$3 billion, or three per cent of the country’s GDP.
On Wednesday, HMU-IPMPH researchers and Dom LaVigne went to Phu Tho Province to begin a study on medical and community knowledge of adulterated alcohol and methanol poisonings, symptoms, and treatment.  Researchers also engaged homemade alcohol producers and took random product samples for testing.  They also met with key provincial officials to discuss public policy and law enforcement efforts to mitigate harm from adulterated beverages.
IPMPH expects to complete the study by July.  They and MI will share the results with member companies and other stakeholders.  From these findings, IPMPH and other partners will develop targeted medical, community, and alcohol producer trainings in Phu Tho and Hanoi.  MI is currently working with IPMPH and PCC to structure the VMEP’s strategic outreach and public communications initiatives for April-December. Vietnamese media coverage can be viewed HEREHEREHERE (in English) and HERE.

Methanol Milestones 2016 Released

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Milestones 2016 Cover ShotThe Methanol Institute has released the 2016 edition of our yearly newsletter Methanol Milestones.

Milestones 2016 features: a message from our newly-elected Board Chairman Ben Iosefa of Methanex; articles highlighting our recent FCBI Methanol as a Marine Fuel report and our Methanol Safe Handling and Safe Berthing Bulletin; our ongoing collaboration with the LIAM Charitable Foundation to save lives and prevent bootleg alcohol poisoning in Indonesia, and expanding into Vietnam this year; the 2015 European Methanol Policy Forum and inaugural Lake View Methanol Dialogue in China; and reports on the development of methanol fuelled vehicles in China, as well as new methanol applications for industrial boilers and cook stoves in China.

Milestones also welcomes new members; highlights upcoming industry events; and provides information on MI’s committee structure.  An electronic PDF-version of the newsletter can be found HERE.

Methanex Debuts Video on the Benefits of Methanol Fuel

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Methanex Fuel Video CaptureMI member Methanex this week released a new video on the benefits of methanol as a vehicle fuel.

Across the world, methanol is emerging as a clean, sustainable transportation fuel of the future. Methanol can be blended with gasoline in low-quantities and used in existing road vehicles, or it can be used in high-proportion blends such as M85-M100 in flex-fuel or dedicated methanol-fueled vehicles. Technology is also being commercialized to use methanol as a diesel substitute. Methanex is working with partners worldwide to promote methanol as a clean, sustainable road fuel.

The video, and more information on the many benefits of methanol as a clean, sustainable transportation fuel, can be found HERE.

7th International DME Conference in Houston this September

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DME DispenserMethanol industry members are invited to join fleet owners, OEMs, and members of the DME, propane and alternative fuel industries in Houston this September to learn about the opportunities being created by DME’s introduction as a fuel in North America and other markets, and to engage directly with those in the vanguard of these international developments from across the industry.

DME 7 will take place at the Hilton Houston Post Oak from September 14 – 16, just following the Argus JJ&A Methanol Forum nearby.

DME 7 is the industry’s flagship event, and brings together the companies and organizations most active in the commercialization and development of DME as a fuel worldwide, representing a wide range of interests within both the upstream and downstream value chains, including methanol. The event will feature an international conference, DME heavy-duty vehicle display, panel discussion, poster session, DME Fundamentals Tutorial, workshops related to key industry topics, top-level networking and more.  More information can be found HERE.

CRI Unveils Geely M100 Car in Iceland

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Geely Vulcanol CarThis week, MI member Carbon Recycling International hosted in Reykjavik the “1st Global Symposium on Advancing Methanol Engines for Sustainable Transport.”

The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a Geely Emigrand 7 M100 car powered by CRI’s Vulcanol “liquid electricity.”  Geely delivered the car from China, and CRI will be test driving six of the M100 vehicles in Iceland for the next 12 months fueled with renewable methanol from CRI’s Svartsengi plant.

The Tuesday symposium was kicked off by Ms. Ragnheidur Elin Arnadotttir, Iceland’s Minister of Industry and Commerce who noted that the country was fortunate to have an entrepreneurial company like CRI working to tackle climate change while improving Iceland’s national energy security.  CRI CEO and co-founder KC Tran noted that one of the goals of the symposium was the formation of a global methanol research council.  MI Board Chairman and Methanex VP Global Market Development & Stakeholder Relations Ben Iosefa gave an overview presentation on the status and trends of methanol as a global transportation fuel.  Geely’s Head of Research and Development Xian Yang Jin discussed the Chinese automaker’s 10 years of experience developing methanol vehicles, with the Emigrand 7 representing their fourth generation methanol car.  Massimo Ferrara of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles noted that on a well-to-tank basis methanol is a very promising alternative fuel for greenhouse gas emission reductions, while discussing the automaker’s pragmatic introduction of methanol fuels focusing first on M15 vehicles (including trials in Israel) and then moving on to M56 and M85 cars to help facilitate awareness of methanol’s benefits within the European Union.

Other presentations were made by key global methanol vehicle researchers including: Leslie Bromberg of MIT; Mike Jackson of Fuel Freedom Foundation; Sebastian Verhelst from Ghent University; Jesper Schramm of Denmark Technical University; Mads Friis Jenson from Serenergy; and Paul Wuebben with CRI.

The symposium also featured a session on marine engine applications that featured Karin Anderson from Chalmers University (author of MI’s FCBI Methanol as a Marine Fuel report); Per Stefenson from Stena Lines; Martin Turner with Lund University; and Joakim Bomanson of ScandiNaos who discussed MI’s sponsorship of the Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) project in Sweden and Finland to develop an methanol-fueled ropax ferry.  More information can be found HERE.

Ben Iosefa Elected MI Chairman

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Photo - BIosefaDubai, UAE – The Methanol Institute (MI)’s Board of Directors elected Ben Iosefa, Vice President for Global Market Development & Stakeholder Relations at Methanex, to serve as Chairman during its quarterly meeting in Dubai on Wednesday.  The Board also elected Khalid Al-Mazyed, General Manager of SABIC Americas, Inc., as MI’s Vice Chairman, and Dennis Patrick, Chief Executive Officer of Methanol Holdings Trinidad (MHTL), as MI Treasurer.  These positions form MI’s Executive Committee and will serve a two-year term.

Mr. Iosefa thanked the Board for their support, and indicated that he looked forward to serving as MI Chairman. He thanked Mr. Patrick (outgoing MI Chairman) for his dedication and service to MI and the industry in that role.  Mr. Patrick’s tenure saw significant changes and expansion at MI, resulting in a better association that was more actively working to expand opportunities for members around the world. Mr. Iosefa commended Mr. Patrick for his leadership in helping MI achieve this growth and milestones.

Methanol has “An Historic Opportunity” as a Marine Fuel

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On Tuesday, FCBI Energy released a new Methanol Institute commissioned report titled Methanol as a Marine Fuel.

 

The report finds that methanol is abundant, biodegradable, emissions compliant, available globally and current bunkering infrastructure only requires minor modifications to handle methanol as a marine fuel.

The Methanol Institute’s CEO Gregory Dolan noted: “Traditionally one of the world’s most widely shipped chemical commodities, methanol now has an historic opportunity to move from ship’s cargo holds to their fuel bunkers. As this report documents, methanol’s use as a marine fuel provides shippers and port facilities with an affordable option for compliance with tightening emission requirements. Produced from a wide range of feedstocks – including a variety of renewable pathways – methanol provides an ideal pathway to sustainable shipping.”

 

FCBI Marine Report CoverIt was noted that earlier this year a large Ro-Pax ship, Stena Germanica, was converted by Stena Line to use methanol bunkers.

 

In the report’s Forward, Carl-Johan Hagman, CEO of Stena Line stated: “The handling and installation of a liquid like methanol had clear advantages over gas or cryogenic fuels regarding fuel storage and bunkering.”

 

Hagman noted that the new methanol report should “raise awareness of this marine fuel and serve as an important source of facts to anyone looking for a greener shipping fuel.”

 

The report is authored by Professor Karin Andersson of the Department of Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

 

The report covers topics such as methanol’s compliance with legislation, costs of ship conversion, methanol supply, and environmental impacts.  The Methanol as a Marine Fuel report is available as a free download HERE.  More information from ShipandBunker is available here.

Indonesia Expands Partnership Involving Methanol Fuel Cells

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Cascadient Fuel CellSingapore-headquartered green energy solutions company Cascadiant Pte Ltd and Indonesia’s agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT)) announced on Tuesday an expanded R&D partnership supported by integrated methanol fuel cells and wind turbine solutions.

Cascadiant and BPPT will launch a second research facility in Indonesia’s new Baron Jogyakarta Technopark. Cascadiant will deploy its methanol fuel cell solutions, while integrating them with wind turbine applications.  This solution – which utilizes 100% Indonesian-produced methanol – was developed as an off-grid, clean energy application for the project.  Dr. Eniya Listiani Dewi, BPPT’s Deputy Chairperson of Technology for Agroindustry and Biotechnology (TAB), commented to the media: “…we are hoping to reduce Indonesia’s industrial use of diesel generators for back-up power and move toward green energy sources that generate power from domestically-produced feed stocks, such as hydrogen and methanol.”  More information can be found here.

NewCO2Fuels Develops Carbon-Reducing, Fuel-Replacement Reactor

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NewCO2Fuels ReactorFor an Israeli start-up, one answer to global warming is blowing in the wind.

The company called NewCO2Fuels, or NCF, has been developing its own version of a technology that allows heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions to be captured and recycled back into useable fuel.

It sounds complicated – and it is – but the company’s founders say it holds real potential in the fight against global warming.

Such capture technologies have gained increased attention as countries seek alternative methods of cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions, the main culprit in global warming.

“Our concept is to take the residue from the production of CO2 along with heat produced in industries and turn them into profit,” chief executive David Banitt said of the company located in Rehovot, south of Tel Aviv.

The company is attempting to position itself in a new market offering what has come to be known as carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies.

A global race has been underway to develop such industrial-scale solutions. NCF hopes to begin offering its technology commercially before 2018 and estimates the global market at a potential $24 billion annually.

On a top floor of a building at Rehovot’s Weizmann Institute of Science, the NCF team has been carrying out work on its prototype involving a solar power plant capable of producing  syngas from CO2, water and heat.

The syngas can then be used to create synthetic fuels. A field of solar panels surrounds the building along with a mirror to heat the reactor to more than 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 Fahrenheit). Within the reactor, the CO2 and water is used to produce the syngas, said Uzi Aharoni, the company’s head of operations.

The idea is for the technology to be used by plants that emit heat and CO2, such as steel or coal gasification plants.  The CO2 would be captured instead of being sent into the atmosphere, then transformed back into fuel – a hi-tech recycling machine.  More information can be found here.