Advent Fuel Cube

Much of the electricity generated around the world is still powered by highly polluting fossil fuels such as coal, diesel, and fuel-oil. Methanol is a readily available fuel that would drastically reduce harmful emissions. To provide the fossil free fuel liquid, there must be a supporting infrastructure. In order to ensure that the distribution operations are performed according with the current practices/routing of normal fuels, the blending of the fuel (60% methanol + 40% demineralized water) must be performed at the terminal where its stored and then, from the terminal, distributed across the supply chain for the local partners and end-users.

The Fuel Cube provides a cornerstone in establishing the infrastructure locally and close to users, while serving the necessary functions. The Cube consists of a 40-foot container which is containing fuel filling station with a 30 m2 methanol tank and a smaller methanol/water mix tank. The container is divided into 2, one room for tanks and one room for fuel filling station. A water cleaning system will be located next to the cube.

The key difference between the Fuel Cube and dispensers used for dispensing fossil fuels are:

  1. The protective measures to let local plant operators handle Methanol Mix
  2. The hydraulic design to handle the liquid in the dispenser
  3. The ability to mix methanol and water on site
  4. Piping for fuel in and out on top of the container; reducing required footprint while improving accessibility.

Moreover, the Fuel Cube provides increased flexibility enabling the supply of methanol water mix fuel in any location.  It is possible to do filling 20L cans, 60L cans and IBC tank.

The background for this advanced version of a fuel filling station is based on a previous development of methanol mix mobile re-fuelling station in Skalborg, Denmark. This project provided a proof of concept, in which the process from construction towards deployment and use, was tested and proved. After some upgrades and modification (e.g. to a stationary version), the Fuel Cube V3 is ready to roll-out internationally. Commercially, this addresses an organic growth opportunity that also supports the current Advent partnerships and portfolio of sites.

A New Sustainable Edge

Along with the Fuel Cube, Advent Fuel cell technology can provide a sustainable and 100 % clean energy worldwide. Besides supporting the Advent operations with fossil free fuel, the fuel cube could potentially also deliver methanol water premix to other commercial and industrial appliances. Because methanol is liquid – just like the other fuel types we know today – it is also relatively easy to handle in the existing infrastructure. It is a great advantage that methanol can be used in the distribution system familiar to value-chain partners; it can be transported in the same tankers and be used in re-fuelling in the same way as petrol and diesel. Liquid methanol is thus much easier to handle than, for example, hydrogen, which must be stored under high pressure (More info here).

The bottom-line is that with the fuel cube methanol set-up, customers will be able to transport and fill up in the same simple as previously – while also obtaining the benefit of an emission free and more secure liquid.