Beyond oil and gas by George A Olah, Alain Goeppert and G K Surya Prakash

2019-03-02 06:11:04

By Richard A. Lovett HYDROGEN is the darling of alternative fuel proponents. But Olah, a Nobel laureate, Prakash and Goeppert argue that methanol is better, despite its higher toxicity. It is a liquid, so it is easier to ship and store. Today it can be created from natural gas. The authors’ real dream is of a future in which nuclear or renewable power is harnessed to make methanol from carbon dioxide and water – mitigating global warming by reusing carbon dioxide. A bit dry but, aside from some of the chemistry,