Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The Danish companies OK, MECc-partner Serenergy and Hamag A/S are collaborating about testing a methanol infrastructure for EVs with fuel cell technology. The project, Green Methanol Infrastructure (GMI), sets about to take on a couple of the central challenges for the mass market uptake of EVs – the range and the charging time.

The project can be viewed as a sibling to the MECc project, as the GMI project aims to demonstrate the infrastructure needed for MECc to be put into use in real life. This infrastructure has great potential – not least due to the ability to reuse an existing and very well-developed distribution network:

”Methanol can be transported in the same tank trucks and can also be refuelled in the same way as gasoline and diesel. Thus, methanol is much easier to handle than e.g. hydrogen, which must be kept under high pressure” says the CEO of the energy company OK, Jørgen Wisborg, simultaneously making it clear that OK is looking broadly at the market for energy resources and does not want to pick one winner, but is mainly focusing on the reuse/rethinking of the existing infrastructure.

Hamag A/S contributes to the infrastructure project with expertise surrounding the actual physical system, in which relation the initial plan is to rebuild three existing OK refuelling systems to be methanol ready with the aim of making it possible to get better insights into eventual challenges in relation to the whole concept. About the actual refueling process, director Bent Møller says that the customers will not experience any difference:

”A methanol refuelling station is managed exactly the same way as a traditional system, where one drives up to the pump and plugs it into the closed circuit and refuels”.

You can read the full article from Jyllands-Posten right here (Note: in Danish)