Methanol Economy

The Methanol Economy

At Dor Motors, we deliver the advantages of the methanol economy to businesses, industries Economy and governments seeking a renewable alternative to depleting traditional fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal.

Our team of experts have been working with organizations across the world for more than a decade – helping them access the advantages of the “methanol economy”.

First proposed by Nobel Prize winner George A Olah in 1994, this circular economy addresses the continuing need for carbon against the need to reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions.

Faced with finite and rapidly diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, the chemist, Olah, together with colleagues G.K. Surya Prakash and Alan Goeppert, investigated the range of energy sources available to identify the best solution for challenging industrial applications, including: petrochemical, chemical, marine and energy supply.

While all fossil fuels are hydrocarbons, the ratios of carbon and hydrogen can vary greatly. Upon combustion, hydrocarbons are “irreversibly used up”. While hydrogen converts safely to water, carbon converts into a major manmade contributor to global warming: carbon dioxide.

In the comparative study methanol demonstrated numerous advantages over traditional fossil fuels, such as cleaner, more efficient burning and safer handling/transport.

Most importantly, it can be fully renewable when delivered via a closed-loop methanol economy.

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The Circular Economy Concept

Our experience in challenging industries means we understand that, for the foreseeable future, the use of carbon is necessary to support human progress in areas such as power generation.

In studies, methanol is proven to offer more than convenience and safety as liquid fuel or as raw material for synthetic hydrocarbons.

The fuel of choice for everything from racing cars to rockets, when delivered within a circular economy it is the best renewable alternative to coal, oil and natural gas.

Traditional methanol production relies on fossil fuels and treats the resulting CO2 as ‘waste’.

However, it does not need to be that way.  In a circular methanol economy, ‘waste’ CO2 is treated as the valuable resource it should be.

Methanol is successfully produced by reacting H2 with CO2 captured from industrial effluents (biomass) or the atmosphere.

In Iceland, for example, Carbon Recycling International (CRI) has been reacting geothermal CO2 with renewable hydrogen to sustainably produce methanol for more than a decade.

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Fossil Fuels and Alternative Energy

With so many choices available for alternative energy, our experts can help you discover the real-world advantages of the menthol economy. Our services, from knowledge packages to escort services, are designed to help you advance your clean energy framework.

Methanol’s wide range of production methodologies, including still-abundant fossil fuels, renewable sources and chemical recycling, makes it possible to benefit from a closed-loop approach.

Methanol also allows humankind to overcome the “serious limitations” of hydrogen and the "hydrogen economy", including its low ignition threshold.

While methanol is traditionally prepared using a fossil-fuel-based synthetic gas, it can also be prepared through the direct oxidative conversion of natural gas (methane) or reductive conversion of atmospheric carbon dioxide with hydrogen. This allows hydrogen to be stored safely by converting it into methanol.

Importantly, methanol offers the capabilities necessary to store renewable energy in large quantities – overcoming the natural fluctuations of solar and wind power that make these less-than-desirable sources for power generation.

As our supplies of fossil fuels diminish, it’s important to consider just how long nature takes to produce hydrocarbons from plant life. This very slow process takes hundreds of millions of years.

At Dor, we recognize the benefits unleashed by chemical recycling within the methanol economy.

As well as freeing mankind from our dependence on these diminishing resources, capturing and recycling excess CO2 from industrial gases and the atmosphere will help mitigate a major manmade contributor to global warming.

That’s why we are committed to providing organizations with the framework needed to access the methanol economy. Through this important work, we are helping to identify efficient ways to store, produce and utilize convenient hydrocarbon-based fuels.

Working in this way ensures that across the world, businesses, governments and individuals now and in the future can live, work and breathe that much easier.

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Methanol Economy Implementation Package

For governmental agencies & institutions

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