Energy transport and storage using methanol as a carrier

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Müller K, Fabisch F, Arlt W
Journal: Green
Publication year: 2014
Volume: 4
Pages range: 19-25
ISSN: 1869-8778


Methanol has been proposed frequently as an energy carrier in recent years. High storage capacity, easy manageability and similarity to existing fuels make it an interesting option for energy storage. However, the usage of methanol is constrained by its low boiling point and its toxicity and the energy balance of a methanol economy is disputable. Net energy ration and renewability factor for different scenarios of a methanol economy have been analyzed, considering hydrogen production, methanol synthesis and transport and repowering. It appears that the overall efficiency of methanol based energy storage is rather low, but still can be sustainable due to a high renewability factors.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Arlt, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Lehrstuhl für Thermische Verfahrenstechnik
Fabisch, Florian
Lehrstuhl für Thermische Verfahrenstechnik
Müller, Karsten PD Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Thermische Verfahrenstechnik

How to cite

Müller, K., Fabisch, F., & Arlt, W. (2014). Energy transport and storage using methanol as a carrier. Green, 4, 19-25.

Müller, Karsten, Florian Fabisch, and Wolfgang Arlt. "Energy transport and storage using methanol as a carrier." Green 4 (2014): 19-25.


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