Could the 'methanol economy' power the post-fossil fuel era?

Could a simple molecule known as methanol become a key energy source for the post-fossil fuel era? 1994 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner George Olah, Ph.D., and Surya Prakash, Ph.D., think so. Olah and Prakash won a $1 million prize from the Israeli government for their research on a promising alternative fuel concept, known as the "methanol economy." In this video, Surya Prakash gives us a rundown of the potentials that the methanol economy bolsters, and shows us why this concept offers such a promising future.

Provided by the American Chemical Society

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