USC Symposium on Evolution of Maritime Fuels, Ship Speed and Operational Efficiency

The interest in methanol as marine fuel is clearly growing. During July this summer a symposium on maritime fuels was arranged at the University of Southern California where alternative fuels, such as methanol, was discussed in combination with the impact on the engines, the economics of shipping and on the ports. 

This meeting was a collaboration between the USC Sea Grant Program, the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and USC’s Paul Hall Endowment for Marine Transportation Studies.  The Loker Institute has studied methanol for many years, led by Professors George Olah and Surya G.K. Prakash whose book, Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy, has inspired other researchers to examine how methanol might practically be substituted for traditional fuels.

The presentations from the meeting are available online at the USC Dornsife website [Direct link].