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The Next New Fuel You've Never Heard Of: Methanol, In China #car #green

You'll already be familiar with ethanol-powered cars, but what about methanol? Both are alcohols, but methanol is even simpler than ethanol, containing only one carbon atom. It has less energy content than ethanol, and only half that of gasoline, but it's easier to produce. The fuel is now undergoing trials to determine its viability. In particular, to study the effect blends of methanol have on typical engine components, rubber and plastic items in particular which methanol can potentially dissolve. Wards Auto reports that the testing process, by materials group Freudenberg-NOK, will replicate that originally done with ethanol. Components are bathed for six weeks and inspected afterwards to look for any changes that could affect long-term performance. The research has been spurred on by China's announcement that it plans to begin a trial run of methanol-powered cars. The ...

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