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  • #2
    Re: Is This In Store For US

    In my opinion, they are not afraid of natural gas, they just want full control of marketing it. If we are not 100% dependent of the oil companies "gas stations" for our transportation fuels, then they are missing out on marketing opportunities when we don't have to stop for fuel and pick up additional high price items at their "convenience" stores. You know, all that impulse stuff that's good for you like sodas, candy, beer, cigarettes, lottery tickets and on and on. The whole Methane to Hydrogen is another matter with the same outcome--something you have to buy through them. In addition, the government is missing out on one stop taxation when someone can refuel at home with natural gas or electricity. Their whole GTL (gas to liquids) approach is an effort to convert Methane into things that are familar to the average consumer that have to be purchased from their retail locations. Although natural gas and electricity prices change over time they are less affected by spikes like motor fuels as their costs are regulated by each State through various utility commissions which benefits home refuelers. If I was a oil company with natural gas operations, I would be embracing CNG. However, most natural gas is distributed by utilities not by the oil companies directly. So why do you want to convert Methane into methanol when you can use it directly in a vehicle? Or why use electricity or Methane to convert it to Hydrogen to run through a fuel cell to power an electric car when you can use the electricity directly? I think you can see the answer .

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    • #3
      Re: Is This In Store For US

      And yet you say they are not afraid of CNG? And of losing their strangle hold.

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        By Sean Ottewell for CHEMICAL PROCESSING Oct 18, 2017 - Industrial synthesis of methanol could be on the cusp of a revolution following research carried out at the Cardiff Catalysis Institute in Wales. Researchers there have found a way to create methanol from methane using oxygen today, methane has to be condensed into liquid natural gas and shipped in pressurized containers, he notes.

        https://www.chemicalprocessing.com/a...e-to-methanol/
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        • #5
          Interesting development, thanks for sharing. Inexpensive methanol production is the Holy Grail of moving natural gas energy from well to consumer, no doubt about it.

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