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Beyond Oil and Gas: The Methanol Economy


  • George A. Olah Prof. Dr.

    1. Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, USA, Fax: (+1) 213-740-5087
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  • An identically titled monograph that discusses various aspects of the methanol economy is being published by Wiley-VCH.


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Methanol, a convenient liquid fuel and raw material for synthetic hydrocarbons, offers an alternative to depleting sources of fossil fuels and can be produced, for example, by reacting H2 with CO2 from industrial effluents or the atmosphere—good news with regards to global-warming concerns. This Essay discusses various aspects of current and alternative energy sources, with a particular focus on the “methanol economy” (see scheme).