BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- China will approve a national standard for
methanol blended gasoline which contains more than 85percent methanol in the
first half of next year, in an effort to develop substitutes to oil-derived
Chen Weiguo, secretary-general of the China Association of Alcohol and
Ether Clean Fuels and Automobiles, said at the recent China Synfuels Summit.
He also said another draft standard for methanol fuel which contained less
than 15 percent methanol would be completed in the first quarter of 2008, and
then it would be sent to the country's Standardization Administration for
"The standards will surely facilitate supervision over the current methanol
market, and will define the way of methanol development in the future," said
Rong Junfeng, a senior official with the China Petroleum and Chemical
Methanol, which can be derived from coal, coal bed methane and coke oven
gas, has a wide range of resources in China, as more than 80 percent of the
country's energy resources rely on the coal.
Chen said the methanol fuel would discharge less greenhouse emissions while
provide better power compared with gasoline.
However, the 85 percent methanol fuel can be used only when engines are
properly adapted, said an industry insider, adding: "We should let the market
judge methanol's future."
"It may be a good idea to pilot methanol fuel on public transporting
systems, such as buses and taxis," he said.
China has already manufactured automobiles with methanol engines. The Chery
automobile company tried ten methanol cars earlier this year. Shanghai Maple
plans to make 50,000 methanol cars next year.