March 2008

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: China leads world in methanol fuel blending

In 2007, China became the world's largest methanol producer and consumer. China also leads the world in the use of methanol as an alternative transportation fuel, blending nearly 1 billion gallons of ..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2007, China became the world's largest methanol producer and consumer. China also leads the world in the use of methanol as an alternative transportation fuel, blending nearly 1 billion gallons of methanol in gasoline, according to research from the Methanol Institute (www.methanol.org). Taxi and bus fleets are running on high methanol blends (M-85 to M-100), while retail pumps are selling low-level blends (M-15 or less) in many parts of the country. For more than a decade, provincial leaders in coal-producing provinces have been developing methanol fuel demonstration programs. These efforts have involved methanol producers, automakers and academic institutions. Those provinces in the

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