Wednesday, June 10, 2015

LNG competitor

methanol as fuel 
In these days the multinational companies have dominated every thing in the world , and one of these is methanex " "which has aplant in egypt with an annual production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes. but to sum up i will go to the main point, why methanol is the future fuel for ships ?
1) it doesn't contain sulfur
2) it is a liquid in ambient temperature which makes it easy to store abroad ships 
3) can be stored in normal un pressurized mild steel tanks
4) most of it are transported by ships world wide so it is already reachable in terminals and ports 
The only disadvantages of methanol " but a key factor " is its low cetane number ie. poor self ignition quality and this problem has been solved using special types of motor that rise injection pressure to 600 bar , using MAN methanol engines