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Lifecycle Analysis of the Use of Methanol for Marine Transportation

MARAD partnered with the University of Delaware (UDEL) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to complete life cycle emissions and energy analysis of methanol for marine transportation.  Methanol life cycle emissions were compared with other marine fuels such as LNG, low sulfur conventional fuels, and heavy fuel oil blends.  Using a total fuel cycle model provides users with a more complete quantitative analysis of upstream emissions, not just downstream at the point of combustion, and allows for more descriptive comparisons.