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Methanol-fuelled ship engine


Technology Description

Power for propulsion comes from engine(s) fuelled by methanol. Methanol has relatively high energy density and is compatible with existing engines after moderate adaptation, thus not posing problems for bunkering, on-board storage and combustion. Attention must be paid to safety as methanol is toxic.

Relevance for Net Zero

The availability of sustainably sourced biomass to produce methanol is limited and the cost of producing methanol as a synthetic fuel (from electrolysis from low-carbon electricity with a carbon-source) is quite high relative to alternative low-emission fuel options for transport.

Key Countries


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