MOL looks at synthetic methanol as a future fuel

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The methanation process

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) is looking at synthetic methane as a fuel offering a possible path to meeting IMO GHG reduction targets. The Japanese shipping giant has joined the Carbon Capture & Reuse (CCR) Study Group and launched the Cross-industrial Working Group Related to Zero Emission Alternative Ship Fuels.

Classification society ClassNK is acting as the secretariat for the working group which aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in international shipping’s value chains by using synthetic methane as an alternative to fossil fuel, the current mainstream fuel for merchant vessels. Synthetic methane is generated by methanation technology thatcombines CO2 with renewable energy-derived hydrogen.

European countries, Japanese power and gas companies are paying increased attention to methanation fuel, a technology with the potential to realize zero emissions. MOL says it aims to introduce methanation fuel for ships and establish a supply chain by launching the working group, and will engage in study and promotion of the fuel in cooperation with other industries, other companies, and government agencies.


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