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DCC Energy and Oberon Fuels to boost renewable DME production to reduce emissions of European LPG market

DCC plc, an international sales, marketing and support services group, has partnered with Oberon Fuels, the leading producer of renewable dimethyl ether (DME) (earlier post), to advance the design, construction and operations of multiple renewable DME production plants in Europe.


The companies have completed an initial feasibility study which confirmed significant market demand for a renewable substitute for Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). Both companies will now further investigate sustainable and scalable supply chains of renewable feedstocks, as well as advantageous locations for production plants.

Once adequate feedstocks and appropriate sites have been established, Oberon will construct and operate the renewable DME production facilities and DCC Energy will commit to buying Oberon’s renewable DME as an offtake partner. DCC Energy will lead with energy by supplying its customers with significant volumes of renewable DME to help them to decarbonize.

DME blended with LPG can be used in existing residential, commercial and industrial applications without any need for investment. After minor modifications to infrastructure, pure renewable DME is a drop-in energy source for existing applications.

DME is stored, transported and dispensed using existing LPG vehicles and equipment which makes it quick to deploy, efficient and cost-effective. It reduces carbon emissions immediately, which is of importance to off (natural gas) grid customers.

Leveraging that same LPG infrastructure, Oberon Fuels could meet the growing demand for renewable hydrogen by converting renewable DME into renewable hydrogen with its proprietary DME-to-hydrogen reformer technology. DCC Energy could use its existing LPG tanks, trucks and workforce to move renewable hydrogen in the future.

A single DME trailer carries the same amount of hydrogen as three hydrogen tube trailers. A DME trailer also costs 80% less than a typical hydrogen trailer.



More on DME here:


' Benefits of DME:
+ High cetane number
+ Efficient diesel combustion
+ Low PM emissions, low engine noise
+ Visible flame, odorous, no peroxide formation
+ Non-toxic, evaporates from water and degrades in air

Drawbacks of DME:
- Gaseous fuel, requires special engines and infrastructure
- Viscosity and lubricity are challenging (additives needed)
- Low energy content (large fuel tanks)
- Miscible with water
- Flammable, heavier than air'


What is feed stock for renewable DME , is most important information missing here.


Oberon Fuels:
“use many different types of renewable, organic wastes including wastes from biomass, agriculture, municipal, and cellulosic sources. These renewable sources enable low- or negative carbon intensity products. We can also produce DME from syngas or renewable methanol”


"Gaseous fuel, requires special engines and infrastructure"

The LPG infrastructure already exist in Europe, Spark ignition engines run fine on LPG.

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