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Commented On: The Next New Fuel You've Never Heard Of: Methanol, In China


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It is quite efficient, and was identified by MIT as the most cost-effective way to integrate natural gas into the transportation pool.

And there is no threat from potential spills at gas stations. Methanol is biodegradable, naturally occuring, and modeling shows that it breaks down rapidly in both aerobic and anaerobic conditions - meaning no threat to drinking water.

Commented On: The Next New Fuel You've Never Heard Of: Methanol, In China


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You may be interested to learn that the US actually pioneered methanol fuels (the first FFV's in the world were made for methanol, and could actually run on both alcohols easily). The Chinese demonstrations are less about determining viability, but actually about establishing infrastructure base for the country. They are leaps and bounds ahead of us on this as they are building an infrastructure that promotes renewables and biofuels, while the US is staying wed to corn ethanol, which is costly and not meeting our goals of reduced consumption.
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