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  • Researchers identify possible catalyst for converting methane to methanol at room temperature

    08/18/2016 10:55:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | August 18, 2016 | by Bob Yirka
    (—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 and why they believe their findings may lead to a practical way to convert methane to a more efficient energy resource. Jay Labinger, with the California Institute of Technology offers a News & Views piece outlining the work done by the team in the same journal issue....
  • Texas chemical company eyes another in-state methanol unit

    04/20/2015 5:18:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 17, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Celanese Corp. is considering expanding its South Texas chemical plant to produce methanol, the company has announced. Building a methanol unit at the plant in Bishop near Corpus Christi would be the latest move by the Dallas-based chemical company to capitalize on an abundance of cheap U.S. shale gas. Celanese has been building a new methanol unit in Clear Lake, southeast of Houston under a joint venture with Mitsui & Co., one of Japan’s largest generally traded companies. The project, which should be finished by October, will have the capacity to produce 1.3 million tons of methanol per year. Made...
  • The Key to the Next Energy Revolution?

    03/31/2014 12:26:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 13 March 2014 | Robert F. Service
    The Scripps Energy and Materials Center (SEMC)Transformer. A catalyst made with thallium (orange) readily converts methane (gray and white molecule) into liquid methanol, a starting point for producing commodity chemicals and fuels. Natural gas is great at heating our houses, but it’s not so good at fueling our cars—at least not yet. Researchers in the United States have discovered a new and more efficient method for converting the main components in natural gas into liquids that can be further refined into either common commodity chemicals or fuels. The work opens the door to displacing oil with abundant natural gas—and reducing...
  • Too Green to Be True? Researchers Develop Highly Effective Method for Converting CO2 Into Methanol

    06/23/2013 3:31:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies ^ | June 20, 2013 | Staff
    Université Laval researchers have developed a highly effective method for converting CO2 into methanol, which can be used as a low-emissions fuel for vehicles. The team led by Professor Frédéric-Georges Fontaine presents the details of this discovery in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Researchers have been looking for a way to convert carbon dioxide into methanol in a single step using energy-efficient processes for years. "In the presence of oxygen, methanol combustion produces CO2 and water," explained Professor Fontaine. "Chemists are looking for catalysts that would yield the opposite reaction. That would allow us...
  • ScienceShot: Making Moonshine Safe to Drink

    03/23/2013 9:20:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 22 March 2013 | Lizzie Wade
    Credit: Diego Sanz; (inset) iStockphoto BALTIMORE, MARYLAND—There's nothing like suddenly going blind to spoil a good happy hour. Alcoholic beverages tainted with poisonous methanol are a scourge of the developing world, causing blindness and even death. The dangerous drinks can come from botched batches of home-distilled liquor, but they often have a more sinister origin; criminal gangs will cut standard alcohols with methanol and sell the resulting concoctions to unassuming customers for inflated profits. Because adding methanol doesn't change the drink's flavor, color, or smell, there's no easy way to tell if the brew you're about to imbibe could...
  • British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology

    10/18/2012 8:36:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 18, 2012 | Andrew Hough
    British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology Revolutionary new technology that produces “petrol from air” is being produced by a British firm, it emerged tonight. Andrew Hough 18 Oct 2012 A small company in the north of England has developed the “air capture” technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity. Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis. The technology, presented to a London engineering conference this week, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The “petrol from air” technology involves...
  • Hybrid copper-gold nanoparticles convert CO2 (To Hydrocarbons!)

    04/11/2012 8:26:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies ^ | 04-11-12 | Jennifer Chu - Provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Copper -- the stuff of pennies and tea kettles -- is also one of the few metals that can turn carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels with relatively little energy. When fashioned into an electrode and stimulated with voltage, copper acts as a strong catalyst, setting off an electrochemical reaction with carbon dioxide that reduces the greenhouse gas to methane or methanol. Various researchers around the world have studied copper’s potential as an energy-efficient means of recycling carbon dioxide emissions in powerplants: Instead of being released into the atmosphere, carbon dioxide would be circulated through a copper catalyst and turned into...
  • Methanol Wins - It’s time to open up the Open Road with H.R. 1687.

    12/01/2011 10:55:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 59 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 1, 2011 | Robert Zubrin
    Methanol WinsIt's time to open up the Open Road with H.R. 1687. On August 2, I published an open wager on National Review Online. I offered to bet up to ten people $10,000 each that I could take my 2007 Chevy Cobalt, which is not a flex-fuel car, and, running it on 100 percent methanol, get at least 24 miles per gallon on the highway. Since methanol averages less than half the price of gasoline — and can readily be made from coal, natural gas, or any kind of biomass without exception — this would demonstrate superior transportation economy from...
  • Achieving $2 Gas: It’s possible, with the right policy.

    09/15/2011 11:23:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 54 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 15, 2011 | Robert Zubrin
    Achieving $2 GasIt’s possible, with the right policy. Republican presidential contender Michele Bachman has said that if she is elected, gas prices will fall to $2 per gallon. Such promises have understandably been greeted with considerable skepticism. But $2 gas is exactly what America needs. The question is, how can we get it? We can’t do it just by expanded domestic drilling. In order for gasoline prices to fall to $2 per gallon, oil prices must be cut to $50 per barrel. And oil prices are set globally, with the dominating influence being the OPEC oil cartel. Since 1973, this cartel,...
  • Tripling America’s Fuel Production - Most alternatives to oil are pipe dreams. This one is not.

    08/01/2011 2:23:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 54 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | July 27, 2011 | Robert Zubrin
    Tripling America's Fuel ProductionMost alternatives to oil are pipe dreams. This one is not. The United States currently produces 8 percent of the world’s liquid fuel but uses 25 percent, making up the difference by importing 5 billion barrels of oil annually. With prices currently near $100 per barrel, this dependency will cost us $500 billion this year, an amount equal to the nation’s entire trade deficit. Furthermore, at a time when Congress is seeking to keep taxes light in order to boost job creation, our dependency will impose a tax on our economy equal to 20 percent of what...
  • Two Britons Die On Bali After Drinking Wine Laced With Methanol

    06/02/2009 8:58:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 1,349+ views
    London Times ^ | June 02, 2009
    Two Britons die on Bali after drinking wine laced with methanol The artist Rose Johnson, who died after drinking the arak wine on Bali Anne Barrowclough in Sydney, Sian Powell in Bangkok Two Britons have died in agony after drinking rice wine laced with methanol in a mass poisoning on the Indonesian island of Bali. Alan Colen, 59, suffered a painful, drawn-out death on Saturday after buying an adulterated bottle of local wine, known as arak. Mr Colen, who had lived on the holiday island for 13 years, bought the wine from a roadside stall hear his home in Canggu,...
  • Alcohol makes autos more climate-friendly

    06/01/2009 3:56:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies · 4,304+ views
    New Scientist issue 2710 ^ | Saturday, May 30, 2009 | Phil McKenna
    So says the Ford Motor Company, which on 19 May revealed test results on a novel ethanol-assisted engine. Called a direct-injection ethanol engine, the unit runs primarily on petrol. When it needs to deliver maximum power -- to climb a hill or overtake, for example -- the engine management computer adds a little ethanol to the fuel injected into the combustion chambers. This arrangement allows the engine to operate at a much higher compression ratio -- a measure of the amount by which the fuel-air mixture is compressed before being ignited -- than normal. As a result, an average car...
  • Sharp boosts methanol fuel cell power density

    05/18/2008 2:03:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 63+ views ^ | 16 May 2008 | Sylvie Barak
    SHARP HAS unveiled a high density, 0.3Wcc direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC), which boasts the highest level of power density yet achieved. The diminutive cell volume, whose tiny frame measures 50 x 30 mm, has a longer lifespan than commonly used lithium ion batteries and is well matched for notebooks, mobile equipment and even electronic dictionaries. Sharp showed off the device at the 15th Fuel Cell Symposium in Tokyo. At 0.3Wcc the cell's power density is about seven times more than Sharp’s previous attempt. Fuel cells use energy produced by the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, and are claimed...
  • The Methanol Alternative

    02/03/2008 7:18:44 PM PST · by Delacon · 135 replies · 362+ views
    The New Atlantis ^ | Summer 2006 | Robert Zubrin
    ny serious energy policy must deal with three critical issues. First, economic: The policy must provide an energy resource base sufficient to allow for continued worldwide economic growth for the foreseeable future. Second, environmental: The policy must be compatible with the long-term flourishing of life on Earth, including human life and civilization. And finally, strategic: The policy must ensure that control of the Earth’s energy resources, and thus its future, lies in the hands of free societies committed to human progress, and taken away from tyrannical and terrorism-promoting states.George Olah, recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is...
  • Flex-fuel cars can break OPEC

    01/29/2008 11:09:15 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 74 replies · 144+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 25, 2008 | Robert Zubrin
    Much of the money we are spending on oil is being used to fund [jihad]..We are financing a war against ourselves, and the way things are going, we will soon be paying the enemy more than we are paying our own military. In light of this, a top priority of U.S. national security policy should be to break the oil cartel... What is needed is for the Congress to pass a law requiring that all new cars sold in the United States be flex-fueled - able to run on any combination of alcohol or gasoline fuel. Such cars are existing...
  • DKRW Selects ExxonMobil’s Methanol-to-Gasoline (MTG) Technology for Coal-to-Liquids Project

    12/20/2007 10:38:57 AM PST · by Red Badger · 5 replies · 285+ views ^ | 17-17-2007 | Staff
    MTG is one of the pathways for converting syngas to transportation fuel. Both the Fischer-Tropsch and MTG processes are 3-step processes. Thermal efficiencies are essentially governed by the thermal efficiencies of the syngas production process and feed. Click to enlarge. Source: ExxonMobil and Uhde DKRW Advanced Fuels (DKRW) has selected ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s (EMRE) methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology as part of DKRW’s coal to liquids (CTL) project in Medicine Bow, WY. DKRW recently stated that it has switched the initial finished product of its planned CTL plant from diesel to gasoline. The Medicine Bow project will gasify the...
  • The Alcohol Cure - How to break the oil monopoly in this decade.

    12/13/2007 12:06:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 64 replies · 1,104+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 13, 2007 | Clifford D. May
    December 13, 2007, 0:00 a.m. The Alcohol CureHow to break the oil monopoly in this decade. By Clifford D. May “We are financing a war against ourselves,” writes Robert Zubrin, nuclear engineer and author of a new book responding to the distressing fact that Americans and Europeans are sending trillions of dollars to militant Islamists whose goal is our destruction. But in his new book, Energy Victory, Dr. Zubrin does not just complain. He proposes a way to break free of dependence on a resource controlled by those who have declared themselves our mortal enemies. The technology already exists....
  • The Ethanol Racket

    07/05/2007 8:32:51 AM PDT · by MrArbitrage123 · 18 replies · 442+ views
    7-5-07 | MrArbitrage123
    While a viable gas alternative exists that could cut prices at the pump in HALF (OR MORE), the Government is Promoting and Subsidizing an inferior fuel. MrArbitrage Takes a Look into WHY that is and WHAT he believes to be the best alternative to oil at this time - in his Weekend Review. Part 1. Part 2.
  • Kennedy Blames Accident on Sleep Medicine

    05/04/2006 7:06:03 PM PDT · by Jean S · 635 replies · 19,040+ views
    AP ^ | 5/4/06 | ANDREW MIGA
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness. Kennedy, D-R.I., addressed the issue after a spate of news reports. His initial statement said: "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident."'Later, however, he issued a longer statement saying the attending physician for Congress had prescribed Phenergan on Tuesday to treat Kennedy's gastroenteritis.Kennedy said he returned to his Capitol Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes...
  • The Methanol Economy: Forget about the hydrogen economy. Methanol is the key ...

    03/02/2006 8:15:58 AM PST · by aculeus · 43 replies · 3,333+ views
    Technology Review ^ | March 2, 2006 | By Kevin Bullis
    The hydrogen economy -- with its vision of gas-guzzling engines replaced by hydrogen fuel cells that produce water instead of smog and greenhouse gases -- is a big mistake, according to George Olah, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Olah, whose research in the chemistry of hydrocarbons has led to high-octane fuels and more easily degradable hydrocarbons, is now director of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California. He argues that storing energy in the form of methanol, not hydrogen, could end our dependence on fossil fuels and transform carbon dioxide from a global-warming...
  • The Manual for the Home and Farm Production of Alcohol Fuel

    02/10/2006 6:45:56 AM PST · by T Ruth · 26 replies · 876+ views
    Ten Speed Press ^ | 1980 | S.W. Mathewson
    There is nothing new in the use of alcohol as a motor fuel. In 1872, when Nikolaus Otto invented the internal combustion engine, gasoline was not available. Ethyl alcohol at 180-190 proof was the specified fuel. * * * [A]lcohols have a relatively high anti-knock or octane rating [and] have the ability to raise considerably the octane ratings of gasolines with which they are mixed. . . . The ability to increase octane rating means that: (1) a lower (therefore cheaper) grade of gasoline can be used to obtain a fuel with a certain octane rating; and (2) the use...
  • An Energy Revolution By Robert Zubrin An Energy Revolution

    01/31/2006 12:25:34 AM PST · by truemiester · 163 replies · 3,131+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | January 30, 2006 | By Robert Zubrin
    The world economy is currently running on a resource that is controlled by our enemies. This threatens to leave us prostrate. It must change—and the good news is that it can change, quickly. Using portions of the hundreds of billions of petrodollars they are annually draining from our economy, Middle Easterners have established training centers for terrorists, paid bounties to the families of suicide bombers, and funded the purchase of weapons and explosives. Oil revenues underwrite new media outlets that propagandize hatefully against the United States and the West. They pay for more than 10,000 radical madrassahs set up around...
  • Fuel Cell Developer Claims Methanol Advance

    08/23/2005 11:38:19 PM PDT · by NickatNite2003 · 5 replies · 581+ views
    EE Times via Information Week ^ | 8/24/05 | No author attributed
    WASHINGTON — A fuel cell developer is claiming twice the power density of lithium batteries in a new methanol fuel cell for mobile gear. UltraCell Corp. (Livermore, Calif.) said Tuesday (Aug. 23) its reformed methanol fuel cell scheme uses "micro reformer" technology developed under a military contract to generate hydrogen from a highly concentrated methanol solution used in fuel cells. UltraCell said its portable power system achieves the power density of a hydrogen fuel cell while using cheap methanol fuel. The unit weighs 40 ounces, the company said. The micro reformer technology was developed under a U.S. Army contract. An...
  • How utilities can save America from its oil addiction

    01/02/2005 8:45:28 PM PST · by ddtorque · 37 replies · 731+ views
    Every American president since Richard Nixon has promised to reduce America's demand for oil while investing in new energy sources. Largely due to lack of political will, all have failed. Rather than a sustained, comprehensive effort to reduce demand for oil, America's energy plan has never been much more than a compendium of subsidies and tax breaks playing to the interests of various lobbies. Of all the sectors demanding oil the transportation sector is by far the fastest growing energy consumer. In the next twenty years energy demand for transportation is projected to grow 55%, double the projected growth of...
  • University of Washington invents process to converts small trees to methanol

    10/14/2004 8:46:01 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 29 replies · 572+ views ^ | Date:12-October-04 | Source:The Spokesman-Review
    University of Washington invents process to converts small trees to methanol Publication Date:12-October-04 Source:The Spokesman-Review Millions of scrawny, spindly trees choking Western forests could soon be harnessed as a clean source of renewable energy, according to researchers at the University of Washington. A process has been developed to quickly convert even the smallest trees and branches into methanol, which is used as a power source for fuel cell technology, said Kristiina Vogt, professor at the University of Washington's College of Forest Resources. All of this can be done without adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Although the idea sounds too...
  • Put Meth in Your Tank

    03/22/2003 4:37:49 PM PST · by Paul Ross · 6 replies · 253+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 3/22/03 | Gordon Prather
    This is a WorldNetDaily printer-friendly version of the article which follows. To view this item online, visit Saturday, March 22, 2003 Put meth in your tank Posted: March 22, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern By Gordon Prather © 2003 Last year, to placate the eco-wackos, President Bush launched FreedomCAR, a $1.2 billion partnership to produce practical, affordable hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as soon as possible. Now he has launched a companion $720 million Hydrogen Fuel Initiative to develop, over the next five years, the technologies and infrastructure needed to produce, store and distribute hydrogen for use in those fuel-cell vehicles. Why hydrogen?...
  • Auto makers catch fuel-cell fever

    02/11/2003 10:05:08 AM PST · by SauronOfMordor · 4 replies · 256+ views
    Electrical Engineering Times ^ | Feb 9, 2003 | Charles J. Murray
    Auto makers catch fuel-cell fever By Charles J. Murray EE Times February 9, 2003 (12:00 p.m. EST) PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Auto makers and researchers are applauding the Bush administration's efforts to bring vehicles powered by fuel cells to the marketplace, saying the technology has a more realistic chance of success than the battery-powered cars of a decade ago. Although observers agree that researchers face significant hurdles in making fuel-cell-powered vehicles more cost-competitive, most said that President Bush's vision of hydrogen-powered electric automobiles is a viable one. Indeed, General Motors Corp. said this past week that it plans to put...
  • Zot

    12/12/2002 10:49:40 AM PST · by make your yuletide very GAY · 28 replies · 259+ views