Methanol is a leading industrial commodity with a worldwide annual production of nearly one hundred million tonnes, essentially from coal and natural gas. e-methanol consists of replacing this fossil methanol with a synthetic molecule derived from hydrogen produced by means of water electrolysis, and recycled carbon.

Elyse Energy is engaged in the production of e-methanol, in particular with its eM-France and eM-Ibérica programmes.

Methanol, a leading industrial commodity


The simplest alcohol, in liquid state at atmospheric pressure, methanol is a “platform” molecule used to synthesise high added-value compounds in the plastic processing, textile, pharmaceutical or agri-food industry. It thus forms part of the manufacturing processes of many everyday products such as cosmetics, medicines, resins, plastics, paints, silicones, or animal nutrition. While methanol is currently produced almost exclusively from natural gas or coal, as close as possible to fossil resources, low-carbon alternatives have emerged over the past few years, in particular the production derived from “hydrogen: e-methanol.


e-methanol consists of using low-carbon hydrogen, produced by means of water electrolysis, and carbon recycled from industrial processes (biomass boilers, incinerators, etc.), subsequently synthesised in a methanolation reactor, and distilled to achieve the desired purity.


This pathway delivers threefold benefits: (1) adaptation to the existing infrastructure; (2) carbon reducing property; (3) industrial synergies with installation platforms.

e-methanol, an alternative fuel for the booming shipping sector.


Methanol can now replace conventional marine fuels.


The deployment of this technology is based on an existing transport and usage infrastructure. The main ports are equipped with methanol bunkering facilities (88 of the world’s top 100 ports). Shipowners may refer to the International Maritime Organisation regulations such as the International Code for Safety. Engine manufacturers such as MAN, Rolls-Royce and Wärtsilä offer “dual-fuel” solutions for refurbished or new vessels.

More than a hundred ships have already been ordered by shipping operators such as Maersk or CMA-CGM, generating additional demand for sustainable methanol estimated at more than 5 million tonnes on delivery, which is expected between 2025 and 2027.

e-methanol, an intermediary for the production of sustainable aviation fuels


Methanol can also be used as a precursor to produce sustainable aviation fuels through the “alcohol-to-jet” pathway.


Unlike shipping, the use of methanol for air transport involves refining processes, derived from the approaches developed to produce petrol from natural gas, in order to produce synthetic kerosene. Special industrialisation efforts are still required. The recent certification of the “alcohol-to-jet” pathway by ASTM based on ethanol and isobutanol however paves the way for several production projects.



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Elyse Energy produces low-carbon molecules such as e-methanol to support manufacturers in their decarbonisation strategies.
Elyse Energy wants to help the shipping sector reduce its carbon footprint by producing an alternative marine fuel: e-methanol.  
Air transport
With to its BioTJet project, Elyse Energy and its partners want to provide the airline industry with a sustainable fuel alternative: e-biokerosene.

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