Chapter 21. Methanol Production and Utilization

  1. Alain A. Vertès2,
  2. Nasib Qureshi3,
  3. Hans P. Blaschek4 and
  4. Hideaki Yukawa5
  1. Gregory A. Dolan

Published Online: 12 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470750025.ch21

Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries

Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries

How to Cite

Dolan, G. A. (2010) Methanol Production and Utilization, in Biomass to Biofuels: Strategies for Global Industries (eds A. A. Vertès, N. Qureshi, H. P. Blaschek and H. Yukawa), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470750025.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Sloan Fellowship, London Business School, UK

  2. 3

    Bioenergy Research, United States Department of Agriculture, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, IL, USA

  3. 4

    Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition and The Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA

  4. 5

    Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Group, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Kyoto, Japan

Author Information

  1. Methanol Institute, Arlington, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470513125

Online ISBN: 9780470750025



  • methanol production and utilization;
  • renewable fuel standard;
  • world's methanol production - from steam reformation of natural gas;
  • conventional methanol production;
  • biomass gasification for methanol production;
  • biomass gasification - mature and immature;
  • soy beans and rapeseed for biodiesel production;
  • biomethanol - ICEs, FFVs and FCVs;
  • waste wood biorefinery;
  • range fuels two-step thermochemical conversion process


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Biomass Gasification: Mature and Immature

  • Feedstocks: Diverse and Plentiful

  • Biomethanol: ICEs, FFVs, and FCVs

  • Case Study: Waste Wood Biorefinery

  • Case Study: Two-Step Thermochemical Conversion Process

  • Case Study: Mobile Methanol Machine

  • Case Study: Scandinavia Leading the Way with Black Liquor Methanol Production

  • Case Study: Methanol Fermentation through Anaerobic Digestion

  • References