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Methanol is one of the most important ‘primary’ chemicals – a precursor to several chemicals, plastics and materials used in a wide range of applications. It is also a key fuel and input to fuel additives today, and expected to be a critical marine fuel in the future. Given that majority of production of methanol is based on fossil fuels, decarbonizing the production of methanol is a key lever in the journey to decarbonize the chemical and transportation industries. This article explores the de-fossilization of methanol production, examining the key production routes and potential solutions for decarbonization.

Where is Methanol Used?

Methanol is a key product in the chemical industry, used in hundreds of everyday products, as it is used as feedstock to produce other chemicals and as a fuel. It can be produced in several ways, from steam reforming of methane, reaction of hydrogen and CO2 to gasification of biomass. Let’s see each of them: 

How is Methanol Produced?

Methanol serves as the cornerstone for the chemical industry, the energy sector and the maritime industry. Its role extends from chemical feedstock to marine fuel. 

Methanol or methyl alcohol in clear glass

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Solutions to Decarbonize Methanol Production

To decarbonize or “defossilize” methanol production, there are several possible solutions that tackle different the different scopes of emissions.


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Conclusions

The current process for methanol production is dominated by natural gas and coal, but the shift towards renewable natural gas, carbon capture and storage and renewable electricity is gaining momentum. These sustainable options showcase the industry’s commitment and willingness to evolve into a more sustainable future. As we start to see the green transformation begin, it is crucial for stakeholders to collaborate and push the boundaries to ensure a sustainable and profitable future for methanol production. 

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How can STRIVE by STX help?

STRIVE by STX is currently working with pioneering bio- and green- methanol producers, helping them identify potential solutions for using greener chemical feedstock (e.g., bio-methane) and renewable power.  

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