Natural gas-to-liquid fuel advancement

September 21, 2011

The ability to cheaply, efficiently and cleanly convert natural gas and/or coal into liquid fuel will one day revolutionize the transportation sector and, given the vast domestic supplies of natgas and coal, change the energy security outlook of the nation and of the world for a century or more.   Researchers in Germany have recently discovered a new catalyst that converts methane (the chief component of natural gas) directly into the liquid fuel methanol at a cheaper and more efficient rate than previous catalysts.  While it is still not commercially viable, it does bring the world one step closer to a cleaner, more secure energy future.


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