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Opportunities and Challenges for Methanol as a Global Liquid Energy Carrier

July 31, 2017 to August 1, 2017

Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305

Methanol has many attractive characteristics for use in energy applications. It is a simple, single-chemical liquid fuel that burns cleanly and, depending on production and use methods, can be lower carbon intensity than other liquid fuels. As a commodity that is presently produced and traded globally, the technologies in use for production and use of methanol are well understood. However, future improvements could provide pathways for methanol to serve as a low-carbon or carbon-neutral liquid fuel and energy storage medium that could have applications in transportation, renewable power storage, distributed power, and global energy movements.

The purpose of this meeting is to explore the opportunities and obstacles for methanol to expand its role in energy systems, especially in the developing world, as a mechanism to address indoor and outdoor air pollution, lower carbon intensity, and move toward an increasingly sustainable global energy system.

Confirmed Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute and 26th Prime Minister of Australia

Session Topics:

  1. Potential for Expanded Use of Methanol in Energy Systems
  2. Production of Methanol – Improvements to Current Processes and Potential for New Approaches
  3. Environmental and Human Health with Expanded Use of Methanol: Risks and Benefits
  4. International Energy and Environmental Policies and the Methanol Economy
  5. The Indian Initiative on the Methanol Economy
  6. Global Experience with Methanol in Energy Applications
  7. Liquid Sunshine: Opportunities for Low Carbon and Carbon Neutral Methanol Pathways
  8. How Do Policy and Business Work Together to Enable Use of Methanol in the Energy System?



Attendance is restricted to registered participants and will be limited to allow for meaningful discussions and interaction. For an invitation please contact NGI managing director Brad Ritts.

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Travel Information


Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports. Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco International (SFO)San Jose Mineta International (SJC), and Oakland International (OAK). Although San Francisco is the largest of the area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that San Jose’s smaller size makes it a somewhat more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.

Where to Stay

Visit Stanford's lodging guide which includes website links, rates, and contact information of local hotels, B&Bs and motels.

Stanford has two properties for lodging:

  • Rosewood Sand Hill offers luxury accommodations at special rates for Stanford visitors, as well as a spa and fine dining restaurant.
  • The Stanford Guest House, on the grounds of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, is an economical favorite of Stanford visitors.

Directions & Parking

Location: Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305

The nearest parking lot to Paul Brest Hall is Wilbur Field Garage. It is an underground parking lot. There are visitor parking spots that take cash and credit cards as well as "A" and "C" permit parking spots.