Methanol is used to manufacture many consumer and industrial products and is an alternative fuel source.

A building block for countless everyday products and applications

A building block for countless everyday products and applications

Methanol is used as a feedstock to produce chemicals such as acetic acid and formaldehyde, which in turn are used in products like adhesives, foams, plywood subfloors, solvents and windshield washer fluid.

A cleaner-burning, alternative source of energy

It's a cleaner-burning, alternative source of energy

Approximately 45 per cent of the world's methanol is used in energy-related applications.  

Methanol can be used on its own as a vehicle fuel or blended directly into gasoline to produce a high-octane, efficient fuel with lower emissions than conventional gasoline. Methanol gasoline blends have widespread use in China and have been introduced in several countries outside of China. Methanol is also emerging as a clean-burning marine fuel that can cost-effectively meet the shipping industry’s increasingly stringent emissions regulations.

In recent years, the use of methanol in the production of olefins or methanol-to-olefins (MTO) has grown rapidly.

Methanol is used to produce methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline component that improves air quality, and dimethyl ether (DME), a clean-burning fuel with similar properties to propane.

Methanol is also a key component in biodiesel, a renewable fuel that can be used in place of, or blended with, conventional diesel fuel.

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