CRI – Creating Alternative Fuel from GHG Emissions


It’s a topic that has been newsworthy for years now but hasn’t entirely picked up enough momentum to gain universal appeal. Why is that?

When looking at biofuels or biomass, think about what’s been done – hydrogen fuel cells, natural gas, even running your neighbor’s 1993 Volvo station wagon on vegetable oil.

The problem seems to be that you still need to create something to generate the fuel. That involves processing, manufacturing, more products, more energy used and even more waste.

What if your “ingredients” were already made, just floating in the air around you?

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This is where CRI – Carbon Recycling International – comes in.

Based in Grindavik, Iceland, CRI leads the world in power to methanol technology. Their process, known as “Emissions to Liquids” (ETL), utilizes resources already generated to convert greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) with electricity to produce a viable, renewable methanol for energy storage, fuel purposes, and energy enhancements.

How do they do this? Simple.

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CRI captures CO2 emissions from the air and combines them with byproduct hydrogen H2 molecules provided by renewable energy sources (geothermal, hydro, wind, or solar). Then, an electrochemical reaction and distillation process coveted by CRI’s ETL technology begins a low pressure and low-temperature production process to convert GHG into a renewable fuel source.

So why is this so important?


In an age where, unfortunately, fossil fuels are still prevalent, and the threat of global warming increases every day, ETL and technologies like it are needed now more than ever.

Think about the how much it takes to produce synthetic fuels and then let me enlighten you.

Conventional synthetic fuels high-temperature, high pressure thermochemical (heat reaction) processes. These processes are both capital and fossil energy exhaustive. The sources to produce these fuels are coal and gas, which both need to be mined off-site and transported over long distances to processing plants. Thus, the entire chain of production increases CO2 emissions and can be uneconomical.

Their answer? Vulcanol.


Let me give you a brief list of some of the benefits of the production and use of Vulcanol:

  • World’s 1st production of renewable fuel from non-biological energy sources.
  • Current production capacity: 4000 metric tons/year.
  • Clean burning, high octane fuel capable of being mixed with automotive fuel and as an admixture of other biofuels (DME, MTBE, OME etc.).
  • A low-carbon feedstock for synthetic material production.
  • Reduces GHG emissions of the product lifecycle, from cradle-to-grave, more than 90% compared with fossil fuels.
  • Generated with renewable energy sources.

All in all, the benefits of Vulcanol or renewable methanol do not require fertile land, produces no GHG in the production cycle, and consciously uses renewable energy with a known, fixed cost and minimal environmental destruction.

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Hats off, CRI and the Icelandic model of a renewable existence!

Your technology and commitment to clean energy and fuels burn hope for a brighter, cleaner world.a

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