Client Letter
Versatile Methanol Prompts a Flurry of Methanol Plant Developments
October 23, 2014

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t;The Methanol Institute estimates global methanol demand at more than 70 million tons. Demand growth continues to be robust, particularly in China, which is set to drive much of the global demand increase to 2030. Increasingly, methanol is used in both fuel blending applications and is under consideration for a potential replacement for marine bunker fuel and fuel oil. Further development along these lines will only increase the demand for methanol. In the last few weeks, several methanol plants and initiatives have been announced....Full Article

Industry Analysis
Analysis- Cellulosic Ethanol Progresses, Albeit Slowly

In 2007, when Congress passed the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act, biofuels such as ethanol were proposed to solve the country’s energy problems. However, the enthusiasm for biomass-based fuels has been dampened amid a slow development of cellulosic ethanol capacity and a  lower-than-expected demand for the fuel from consumers. The Act mandates a certain amount of fuel to be introduced into the national fuel supply, but, amid disappointing development of cellulosic ethanol production capacity, the EPA is deciding on whether to cut the mandate by more than 40%. Questions remain, such as: Will it be too late for the second wave of cellulosic ethanol projects in the U.S., and where does that leave the thermochemical projects? ...Full Article

R3 Sciences working to commercialize modular gas-to-methanol units
November 22, 2013

R3 Sciences have successfully produced commercial grade methanol in a continuous flow pilot system using a liquid, homogenous catalytic process. Advances in homogenous catalysis developed by R3 Sciences will allow the production of methanol from air-derived syngas with only trace levels of catalyst residual. The company is looking to license its technology for deployment in transportable, modular units to process natural gas at the source, providing opportunities for oil field operators to commercialize stranded and flared gas into methanol. R3 Sciences is a unit of Enersciences Holdings, which through other units provides drilling fluids and services, frac and coil chemicals and power generation technologies for upstream operators. ...Full Article

Feature Articles
Feature- “Oasis” Gas-to-Methanol Units Offer Solution to Waste Gas

Maverick Synfuels, a North Carolina-based developer of advanced thermo-chemical technology, has introduced a small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant concept that can be co-located at the methane source. The system allows producers to monetize biogas and natural gas streams (including associated, flared, and stranded gas reserves) as an alternative to burning the gas, transporting it via pipeline, or producing electricity....Full Article

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