â€œMethanol-To-Olefinsâ€ (MTO) technology developed by UOP LLC. This technology has been chosen because of its high energy efficiency and high light olefin yield. The natural gas-based methanol route (i.e. methanol production from methane plus (MTO) will be referred to hereinafter as Methane MTO.
Methanol can be produced from coal via syngas. Similar to the FT naphtha production from coal mentioned earlier, coal is first gasified to produce syngas and the syngas is then converted into methanol.
All kinds of biomass can be converted into methanol via processes that are similar to coal-based methanol production, i.e. by gasification to produce syngas and subsequent methanol synthesis processes.