Methanol for Road Transport - Highlights and Developments         July 2016
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Methanol Vehicle Pilot Programs Moving Forward in China 
In 2012, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), began its Methanol Vehicle Pilot Project with 150 methanol fueled Geely taxis in Jinzhong, Shanxi Province. The project has since expanded to several more locations and now comprises over 1000 vehicles in total.

Recently, after more than three years of operation in Jinzhong, MIIT began the acceptance review of that project.  The review included an on-site inspection and a panel review in Beijing which gave other government ministries such as the Ministry of Transportation (MOT), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) the opportunity to weigh in on the findings.  The MIIT's final report of its review is scheduled to be submitted to the State Council this month, along with a policy recommendation, and the State Council's approval and endorsement of the report could occur in as little as 3 months.

Key conclusions from the Pilot Project include that the taxis operation and tests have met all the requirements set forth by MIIT:  
  • The Geely model SC7 used in the Pilot has met all initial drivability targets; ignition, driving, fuel shift, acceleration and durability.
  • Emissions have met the China National 4 standard (equivalent to Euro 4), and formaldehyde emissions meet the MIIT requirement of 10mg/km. 
  • One fuel filling has allowed as much as a 320 km range, and average fuel usage is 15.3L M100/100km.
The review panel has thus suggested to open the Shanxi Provincial market to methanol passenger cars.  Geely has already invested in a passenger car production facility in the province which will be capable of producing up to 100,000 vehicles designed to run on 100% methanol per year and will begin full-scale production later this year.  Additional policies have been put in place to increase uptake in methanol vehicles, including green plate registration and subsidies such as free-parking.  Additionally, the Shanxi provincial government is actively engaging the Central government on the direction of future national policy.  

MI is an active participant in the MIIT Pilot, having provided funding in 2015 for a research module on irregular emissions, and with plans for 2016 support for a module focusing on human health impacts.  Outside of the MIIT Pilot, there are now 470,000 taxis, trucks and buses running on high proportion methanol fuels across China. 

Methanol Fueling Station Standards and Safe Handling in China
MI member company Methanex is also playing an important role in supporting the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's (MIIT) Methanol Vehicle Pilot Project.
Beginning in 2015, Methanex supported MIIT's Pilot by joining forces with the China Association of Alcohol & Clean Ether Fuels and Automobiles (CAAEFA), to develop guidelines for the Construction, Design, and Operation of Methanol Fuel Filling Stations in China.  The guidelines were completed in October 2015 and cover fuel filling station design, construction, operation and management. The important work of developing these guidelines is reinforcing the safe usage of methanol fuels in China and globally. The Chinese language versions of the documents are available on the MIIT website
HERE .   English language translations are available on the MethanolFuels website HERE , and HERE .

In addition to working with CAAEFA & MIIT to develop the Methanol Fuel Filling Station Guidelines in 2015, Methanex is this year co-hosting a series of Responsible Care seminars to support health and safety for high-level methanol fuels in MIIT's Pilot.  The first seminar in the series is scheduled to take place on 6 July in Jinzhong, Shanxi Province.

Wednesday, July 20th 
Fuels Institute Summer Symposium Series - Fuels & Vehicles Outlook (Arlington, VA)
Wednesday, September 14th - Friday, September 16th
7th International DME Conference (Houston, Texas)
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