Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
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having used a lot of methanol in drag racing...it is very flammable, and burns almost invisibly, easily contaminated by water, and generally is hard to source. Many places will not sell it to "regular" people as it can be used to make other things.
The fuel cells require highly refined methanol which is quite pricey, if available at all from non fuel cell dealers. I don't think you can simply pour some locally derived methanol in to the "gas tank"...
The current delivery capacity is quite limited at this time...so you would likely be better off with solar/wind chargers at this time.
Future??? I would hope that development continues, but I really hate to see food products used for these purposes...as if we can simply farm our way to energy needs being met...