This week, MI member Carbon Recycling International hosted in Reykjavik the “1st Global Symposium on Advancing Methanol Engines for Sustainable Transport.”
The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a Geely Emigrand 7 M100 car powered by CRI’s Vulcanol “liquid electricity.” Geely delivered the car from China, and CRI will be test driving six of the M100 vehicles in Iceland for the next 12 months fueled with renewable methanol from CRI’s Svartsengi plant.
The Tuesday symposium was kicked off by Ms. Ragnheidur Elin Arnadotttir, Iceland’s Minister of Industry and Commerce who noted that the country was fortunate to have an entrepreneurial company like CRI working to tackle climate change while improving Iceland’s national energy security. CRI CEO and co-founder KC Tran noted that one of the goals of the symposium was the formation of a global methanol research council. MI Board Chairman and Methanex VP Global Market Development & Stakeholder Relations Ben Iosefa gave an overview presentation on the status and trends of methanol as a global transportation fuel. Geely’s Head of Research and Development Xian Yang Jin discussed the Chinese automaker’s 10 years of experience developing methanol vehicles, with the Emigrand 7 representing their fourth generation methanol car. Massimo Ferrara of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles noted that on a well-to-tank basis methanol is a very promising alternative fuel for greenhouse gas emission reductions, while discussing the automaker’s pragmatic introduction of methanol fuels focusing first on M15 vehicles (including trials in Israel) and then moving on to M56 and M85 cars to help facilitate awareness of methanol’s benefits within the European Union.
Other presentations were made by key global methanol vehicle researchers including: Leslie Bromberg of MIT; Mike Jackson of Fuel Freedom Foundation; Sebastian Verhelst from Ghent University; Jesper Schramm of Denmark Technical University; Mads Friis Jenson from Serenergy; and Paul Wuebben with CRI.
The symposium also featured a session on marine engine applications that featured Karin Anderson from Chalmers University (author of MI’s FCBI Methanol as a Marine Fuel report); Per Stefenson from Stena Lines; Martin Turner with Lund University; and Joakim Bomanson of ScandiNaos who discussed MI’s sponsorship of the Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) project in Sweden and Finland to develop an methanol-fueled ropax ferry. More information can be found HERE.