Energy transport and storage using methanol as a carrier

Müller K, Fabisch F, Arlt W (2014)

Publication Status: Published

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2014


Book Volume: 4

Pages Range: 19-25

DOI: 10.1515/green-2013-0028


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.

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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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