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WasteFuel announces Methanol Module

WasteFuel announces Methanol Module
Methanol has quickly emerged as the most cost-effective fossil fuel alternative for shipping companies around the world. Major shipping companies including Maersk, CMA CGM, COSCO, Stena Line, and Proman have committed to using methanol to power their vessels (image courtesy WasteFuel).

WasteFuel Global LLC (WasteFuel), a US-headed developer of biorefineries focused on converting municipal solid waste (MSW) into low carbon transportation has announced the WasteFuel Methanol Module – a new technology that the company says will "significantly accelerate the use of organic waste to produce green methanol."

Announced on September 19, 2022, during the UN General Assembly and New York Climate Week – the “WasteFuel Methanol Module” is a new technology that the company says will “significantly accelerate the use of organic waste to produce green methanol.”

Green methanol is critically important in decarbonizing global shipping and the supply chains of companies who depend on it. There is also a vast market for green methanol in the petrochemicals space, said Trevor Neilson, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of WasteFuel.

The WasteFuel Methanol Module is designed to produce up to 100 tonnes per day of fuel-grade methanol from a variety of waste sources including landfill gas (LFG) and biogas from anaerobic digestion (AD).

The process is designed in a modular fashion to improve the overall utilization of resources and allow for cost-effective, quick scaling.

WasteFuel has filed a provisional patent application directly related to the novel approach and unique configuration. The process is engineered to simultaneously wet and dry reform to convert waste into green methanol.

The WasteFuel Methanol Module will allow WasteFuel and companies who license the technology to convert municipal waste more efficiently into green methanol around the world. Consumer product companies who have made net zero commitments will not be able to meet them without a dramatic expansion of green methanol supply, Trevor Neilson said.

Licensing plans

When utilized at a commercial scale the WasteFuel Methanol Module will produce green methanol fuel that the company says can achieve up to 90 percent reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) and pollutants compared to conventional fuels.

WasteFuel aims to produce green methanol that can be used in a variety of markets including shipping, marine transport, and petrochemicals, as well as to license its proprietary process to customers across markets, such as waste owners, biorefinery developers, and petrochemical companies.

The technology will be made available for licensing meaning even greater potential for adoption and decarbonization.

Existing WasteFuel Methanol efforts include a commercial-scale partnership with Maersk, who has announced their intent to purchase 30 000 tonnes per year of WasteFuel’s bio-methanol.

WasteFuel’s solutions go beyond green methanol. The company has several biorefinery projects underway that will produce low-carbon fuels to revolutionize mobility across the transportation sector and address the climate emergency.

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