The increasing application of methanol as an energy source has been discussed with increasing frequency in the last several years. One thinks especially of utilizing the natural gas in the Middle East which is currently still being burned off and about a conservation oriented utilization of coal through methanol. However, when considering this in more detail, it becomes clear that the detour through methanol is not very advantageous when analyzed from the energy viewpoint. This is especially true for the utilization of the natural gas currently being burned off when the alternative of liquid gas transport is available. Furthermore, with the increasing price of natural gas, the cost of the methanol route cannot compete any more with the cost of liquid gas transport. Also, the amounts of gas burned off in the Middle East are frequently overestimated. This gas corresponds to an oil equivalent of 50 x 10 exp 6 t annually and is thus out of the question as an alternative energy supply for the large scale consumer. The 50 x 10 exp 6 t methanol annually which can be extracted from the natural gas could gain considerable importance as a raw material for the chemical industry.

  • Corporate Authors:


    Verlag Chemie GmbH
    6940 Weinheim/Bergst, rasse,   United States 
  • Authors:
    • Schwarzmann, M
  • Publication Date: 1975


  • German

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  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00094653
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 1977 12:00AM