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...such a jump would require unprecedented amounts of "green hydrogen" and a monumental scaling up of a sector that until now has lagged the other leg of the green methanol revolution—bio-methanol, which uses biomass as a feedstock rather than hydrogen produced via electrolysis as e-methanol does. Only one e-methanol plant is currently operational.

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Matt Chester on Feb 2, 2021

The main methanol uses are as a petrochemicals building block, as a shipping fuel, and for fuel cells for road vehicles. Methanol is one of the four critical basic chemicals alongside - ethylene, propylene, and ammonia - used to produce all other chemical products.

This is why the long-term view of this may be necessary-- we have plenty of alternatives for decarbonizing power and personal transportation, but the options for things like shipping and industry aren't as plentiful. While this may be earlier in the development, it's further along than other options of removing emissions from those economically critical areas, which are likely to be the last areas of the economy to be successfully decarbonized

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