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Methanol From Wood Waste

Methanol From Wood Waste

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METHANOL FROM WOOD WASTE:
A Technical and Economic Study
By
A. E. HOKANSON
andR. M. ROWELL
June 1977
Forest Products LaboratoryForest ServiceU. S. Department of AgricultureUSDA Forest ServiceGeneral Technical Report FPL 12
 
ABSTRACT
A methanol-from-wood waste facility having a capacity of 50 milliongallons per year requires 1,500 ovendry tons (ODT) of wood waste per day.The yield of methanol from wood is about 38 percent, or about 100 gallonsper ODT of wood.This yield is based on all process energy requiredcoming from the wood waste.At a wood waste cost of $15/ODT, the sellingprice of methanol is estimated at $0.77/gal; at $34/ODT, the sellingprice is $0.96/gal.
 
METHANOL FROM WOOD WASTE:A TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC STUDY
By
A. E. HOKANSON, Raphael Katzen AssociatesConsulting EngineersCincinnati, Ohio
and
R. M. ROWELL, Research SpecialistForest Products Laboratory,
I
Forest ServiceU. S. Department of Agriculture
INTRODUCTION
To reduce petroleum consumption in the United States, one proposal is toblend 10 to 15 percent of methyl alcohol (methanol) in gasoline forautomotive use.
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At a current consumption rate of 110 billion gallonsper year (gpy),11 billion gallons of methanol would be required. Atpresent, methanol capacity in the United States totals 1.2 billion gpy,of which 99 percent is petroleum-derived,either from natural gas orfrom refinery light-gas streams.To increase methanol production, recom-mendations have been made to use other sources of carbon for synthesisof methanol.The Forest Service,in cooperation with the NationalScience Foundation,and the Federal Energy Administration, conducted atechnical and economic feasibility study for producing methanol fromwood waste.Methanol Production TodayMethanol is produced synthetically from carbon monoxide (CO) and hydro-gen (H
2
).
In a catalyst-filled converter operating at pressures ranging
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 / Maintained at Madison, Wis.,in cooperation with the Universityof Wisconsin.2/ Reed, T. B., and R. M. Lerner. 1973. Methanol: A versatilefuel for immediate use.Sci. 182 (4119):1299-1304.(Dec. 28.)

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