I’m looking for a source for a methanol generator. Google is not helping. If nobody makes them, maybe a good solid methanol motor could be attached to a generator. Please help me if you have knowledge of this.

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    Hello and welcome! Your question is a bit unclear. Are you looking to generate electricity by burning methanol? This seems like a shopping question... can you explain the connection to sustainability? – LShaver Jul 5 '19 at 20:12
  • Just looking for a place to ask the question. Yes I just want a way to buy a generator that will run on methanol – Kerry Thurber Jul 6 '19 at 3:38

First of all "shopping questions" are off-topic on this website because answers are highly subjective with everyone wanting to contribute their favorite product. Also these answers tend to becoming spam magnets. That's why I won't provide any links to actual products here but instead provide some pointers that will help you search.

I suspect you are using the incorrect search terms; strictly speaking a methanol generator would be a device that generates methanol from some other substance. You probably want to search for "buy methanol fuel cell", optionally with the output level you require, or where you intend to use it (a mobile home, a boat?).

Most fuel cells you'll find on the internet are Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (a.k.a. DFMCs), ranging from from a few micro-Watt output up to 100 Watts or so.

You don't say anything about why you want to use methanol for electricity generation, or where the methanol is coming from. Although methanol can be synthesized from renewable resources, it is often derived from fossil fuels so the solution you have in mind may not be the most sustainable one.

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  • Methanol is probably the easiest fuel to produce. I don’t want a fuel cell, I want an ICE electrical generator that uses methanol as fuel. The whole reason I would want one is that it would be sustainable. Fuel cells are not ready for prime time. You’d be changing out membranes frequently. Solar and wind are great, but batteries are also not ready for extensive use. – Kerry Thurber Jul 6 '19 at 20:27
  • @KerryThurber I know that some electrical companies started using electricity generators running on methanol only a few years ago, so that's for large-scale energy production. AFAIK generators for consumers / small-scale usage do not exist yet. I suspect it has something to do with the corrosive nature of methanol. BTW wood, vegetable oil and ethanol are easier (and safer!) to produce than methanol. – THelper Jul 7 '19 at 7:11
  • Great! Do you know of a specific electrical company that would be willing to talk? Wood alcohol is the same thing as methanol. (Did you mean just wood and use some sort of steam engine equivalent?) Vegetable oil can be used to produce diesel, but you have to grow the vegetables buy the materials for esterification, which usually includes methanol. Ethanol is almost the same process but has to be fermented first. Methanol and ethanol are both corrosive, which means the engine needs to be specially made. I’m trying to ascertain how durable and economical such an engine could be. – Kerry Thurber Jul 7 '19 at 14:32
  • @KerryThurber I tried to find my original source where I read about electrical companies starting using methanol but couldn't find it anymore. I did however find this presentation. It's about how a company called 'Dor Group' converted a steam boiler to use methanol for the Israel Electric Company. I did mean plain old wood and not wood alcohol. You can use wood to power a wood gas generator – THelper Jul 10 '19 at 7:01

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