Hungarian-American chemist György Oláh made these remarks after he met Hungarian President János Áder in Los Angeles -- the Hungarian president was touring North America visiting Hungarian communities in Canada and the United States at the anniversary of the 1956 revolution.
At the meeting, the famous scientist outlined his ideas of replacing crude oil based fuel with methanol made from ingredients can be found in Hungary – hot thermal water and shale gas. Both can be used to produce methanol that can be used as a fuel for heavy vehicles said the professor.
He recalled that Hungary has favorable natural endowments that already the Romans took advantage of – they built bathes in Aquincum. He pointed out that based on bubbly thermal water Iceland built a profit - based methanol plant. "The big difference is that Iceland is a small island in the North Atlantic Ocean, while Hungary is located in the heart of Europe " said the professor.
The Nobel Prize winning chemist told the Hungarian president that the technology he and his colleagues developed make it possible to use shale gas found at the Mako region and produce methanol from it. He added that at the University of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) they developed technologies that allow the use methanol as a universal fuel. "Hungary could use this technology successfully. If Iceland can produce methanol out of bubbling hot water, the same can be done in Hungary from shale gas" said Professor Oláh.
(magyarhirlap.hu – hungarianambiance.com)