In the beginning of January 2015 Stena Germanica is due for docking and conversion to methanol. This is a short preview. 

As reported earlier (Small-scale skid mounted methanol plants, 11 March 2014), Maverick Synfuels has been looking at small scale methanol production plants. The company has now released more details of the production plants. 

The aim is to utilize gas reserves at locations where no pipelines are available or not a feasible investment, be is shale oil sites or facilities there biogas is formed such as waste water treatment plants.

The production capacity of the plants range from3,000 to 10,000 gallons per day (11 to 38 m3 per day) with a 5,000 square feet (465 m2) footprint. 

At present a demonstration facility exists in Denver, Colorado but no orders have yet been announced. 

Maverick Synfuels Press Release [Direct link].

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].

The PROMSUS workshop that was arranged in Gothenburg, Sweden during May of 2014 gathered professionals from both the industry and academia to discuss methanol engine technology and methanol production in the context of use as marine fuel.


I’m happy to present the resulting reports from the three discussion groups. 


One of the results from the PROMSUS workshop has now been finalized in the form of a short presentation folder. A number of copies are to be distributed during the Almedalen Week in Visby June 29th to July 6th. The folder is also available as a PDF to be downloaded from this website. 

[Direct link to the folder


The folder, the workshop program and presentations can be found by going through thePublication menu, or by clicking here