In order to make methanol from sunlight and air we combine several subsystems. First we use a solar panel to convert solar irradiation into electricity. Then we use a direct air capture unit to capture CO2 and water from air. Next we store the CO2 in a buffer and we split the water into hydrogen using alkaline electrolysis. Then we let the CO2 and water react to a mixture of methanol and water. Lastly we use on plate distillation in order to split the methanol from the water.