How is methanol produced and what is it used for? Methanol (Methyl-Alcohol) is the simplest form of alcohol, commonly referred to by its chemical symbol CH30H. It is widely known as the chemical building block for many products manufactured today including building materials, paints, plastics, and parts for manufacturing automobiles. It is also considered a clean resource for powering boilers and cooking stoves, buses, cars, fuel cells, ships and trucks.
Methanol (Methyl-Alcohol) is water soluble and biodegradable. It is built of four parts hydrogen, one part oxygen and one part carbon. It is the simplest of the organic chemical group known as alcohol. However, understanding how methanol is produced is a bit more complicated.
How Is Methanol Produced and Manufactured?
- Step 1. To produce methanol a raw material (usually derived from plants) requires to be chemically altered or synthesized.
- Step 2. Using chemical processing or gasifying, synthetic gas can be created from almost anything that is or was plant derived.
- Step 3. Catalytic (causing chemical change) reforming of the raw material into its chemical parts and then Combined reforming to produce the synthetic gas.
- Step 4. Catalytic (causing chemical change) reforming of the synthesized gas into methanol.
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