Bio-methanol a viable route to meeting fuel standards - BioMCN

14 October 2010 18:00  [Source: ICIS news]

BUDAPES (ICIS)--Bio-methanol provides fuel producers with an easier route to meeting national renewable energy obligations, second-generation biofuel producer BioMCN said on Thursday.

As bio-methanol is derived from waste, its biofuel contribution is thus counted twice under EU rules, the company said.

“Bio-methanol is the other biofuel,” said Eelco Dekker, BioMCN’s chief marketing officer.

He was speaking at the World Refining Association’s (WRA’s) 13th annual Central & Eastern European Refining and Petrochemicals Roundtable, in Budapest, Hungary.

“Gasoline additive bio-methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) has proved an easy way to introduce bio-methanol in the Dutch market and other EU member states are expected to follow the example of Holland – which in December 2009 went early by passing legislation on ‘double-counting’ – with the pending implementation of the renewable energy directive on 5 December,” Dekker said.

Bio-MTBE qualifies for the double-counting because it is derived from crude glycerine biomass waste residues left over from biodiesel production.

The EU’s special provision meant the listed bio-energy content of bio-MTBE, which is 15.4 gigajoules per tonne, was 16% higher than the figure listed for ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) produced from ethanol, noted Dekker.

“Less bio-MTBE is needed in gasoline blends to achieve the same overall renewable energy content. This enables refineries to save cost and blend more captive refinery fractions,” he added.

BioMCN says it is the first company to produce and sell industrial quantities of high-quality bio-methanol, making it the largest second-generation biofuels producer in the world.

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