A new natural gas process has been found that could change everything. Literally. This technology, if it proves out as an industrial method for NG reformation, has implications for plastics, paints, batteries, fuel cells, and vehicle fuels.

The process would replace the current natural gas liquefaction process for making fuels such as methanol, ethanol, etc. Methanol is used in a host of industrial processes involving plastics and paints and ethanol is, of course, a fuel. This new process nearly halves the energy required to do the reformation.

With natural gas on the rise globally, and with so many things dependent on some of these base materials, finding a cheaper, faster way to utilize them is where it’s all at.

In this podcast Quick Sip, I talk about this latest discovery, as published in Science Magazine, and what it means for automotive.

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An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.

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