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WasteFuel launches WasteFuel Methanol Module to produce green methanol bunker fuel

20 Sep 2022

Waste-to-fuel developer WasteFuel on Monday (19 September) said it has launched the WasteFuel Methanol Module, a new technology that will significantly accelerate the use of organic waste to produce green methanol bunker fuel. 

The WasteFuel Methanol Module is designed to produce up to 100 metric tonnes (mt) per day of fuel grade methanol from a variety of waste sources including landfill gas and biogas from anaerobic digestion. The process is designed in a modular fashion to improve the overall utilisation of resources and allow for cost-effective, quick scaling.

WasteFuel has filed a provisional patent application directly related to the novel approach and unique configuration. The process is engineered to simultaneously wet and dry reform to convert waste into green methanol. The technology will be available for licensing meaning even greater potential for adoption and decarbonisation.

When utilised at a commercial scale the WasteFuel Methanol Module will produce green methanol fuel that can achieve up to 90% reductions in CO2 and other greenhouse gases and pollutants compared to conventional fuels.

“Green methanol is critically important in decarbonising global shipping and the supply chains of companies who depend on it. There is also a vast market for green methanol in the petrochemicals space. The WasteFuel Methanol Module will allow WasteFuel and companies who licence the technology to convert municipal waste more efficiently into green methanol around the world,” said Trevor Neilson, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of WasteFuel. 

“Consumer product companies who have made net zero commitments will not be able to meet them without a dramatic expansion of green methanol supply,” Neilson added.

WasteFuel aims to produce green methanol that can be used in a variety of markets including shipping, marine transport, and petrochemicals, as well as to license its proprietary process to customers across markets, such as waste owners, biorefinery developers, and petrochemical companies.

Existing WasteFuel Methanol efforts include a commercial-scale partnership with Maersk, who has announced their intent to purchase 30,000 mt per year of WasteFuel’s bio-methanol bunkers.

Related: Maersk secures methanol bunker fuel supply for newbuilds with strategic partnerships


Photo credit: WasteFuel
Published: 20 September, 2022

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