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Methanol Transportation Fuel

- A superior high octane fuel (105 octane)
- A sustainable, domestic and climate neutral energy source
- Greenhouse gas savings exceed other liquid bio-fuels by far, 80-90% in comparison to 15-40% for agro-based ethanol.
- Fuel properties are excellent due to the high octane rating
- It burns with very clean fumes and can be used in spark ignition port injected gasoline engines blended with gasoline (up to 25%) without any modification.
- So-called flexi fuel vehicles (FFVs) made for E85 can also run on high methanol blends, such as M85.
- The cars of tomorrow will have electric motors powered by fuel cells - bioMethanol is the most cost-efficient and environmental friendly liquid fuel for fuel cell vehicles. Methanol can be directly fed into a fuel cell without being reformed into hydrogen.
- BioMethanol can be introduced on the market by using present distribution systems without additional costs.

VärmlandsMetanol has during 6 years without problems driven a Volvo 850 of model 1992 with different methanol admixtures. The car has been running excellently without any adaptions for more than 55 000 kilometers with for example these admixtures:
21 780 km with 35% methanol admixture
5 360 km with 35% metanol+ 3,25% ethanol and
20 270 km with 20% methanol + 4% ethanol. The fuel consumption has been approximately 0,9 litres/per 10 km up to 25% admixture. With higher admixtures the fuel consumption increased to 1,07 resp 1,09 litres/10 km.

Speedway motorbikes needs a high octane fuel. That is why they use pure methanol. In the USA american Formula 1 cars also has been driven on pure methanol.

During the 1980-ties the state of Califonia had approximately 14 000 cars driven on M85, dvs 85 percent methanol and 15 percent gasoline.

Photo: Åke Bengtsson, Valsarna

Preem om Metanol:

“Another alternative motor fuel is methanol, which commonly is referred to as wood alcohol. Just as ethanol it is excellent to use
as a low admixture in ordinary petrol. Another advantage is that it
is cheap to produce from wood biomass. It is difficult to find
disadvantages with using methanol. There is a surplus of biomass feedstock and the infrastructure – the gas stations – already exist”.

Source: Swedish oil company Preem, the Energy Challenge 2010