Methanol can be used in many chemical processes, and is also added to petrol. Methanol is mostly produced from natural gas, but it can also be synthesized from carbon dioxide and hydrogen, for example in power-to-gas systems that convert excess green energy from wind or solar.
Methanol is used by the chemical industry to produce formaldehyde, dimethylether or even ethylene. BioMCN in Delfzijl is Europe’s largest producers of bio-methanol. They use bio-gas from biomass fermentation for the production of methanol.
Most of the methanol produced in the Chemport region is shipped world-wide to chemical companies.
ChemCom Industries in Delfzijl produces formaldehyde starting from methanol produced by BioMCN.