MOSCOW (MRC) -- NextChem and its subsidiary MyRechemical have signed an agreement with Dutch joint venture Dimeta to explore opportunities to produce low-carbon renewable and recycled carbon dimethyl ether (DME) from waste for use in LPG, said the company.
DME is similar to propane and can be blended with LPG without requiring changes to appliances or infrastructure, offering a low-carbon solution to LPG’s use in energy and transportation.
Dimeta plans to produce 3,00,000 tons of DME by 2027 through plants in the US, UK and Europe. The companies will work together to produce DME from municipal solid waste and explore other opportunities, including biogas and biomethane.
Renewable and recycled carbon DME can be produced from biogenic and non-biogenic feedstocks, such as biogas, cellulosic material and municipal waste. Its applications include blending up to 20% with renewable propane in off-grid heating, cooking and industrial applications, using as a 100% renewable fuel in high temperature heating that is hard to electrify, and as a replacement for diesel in engines with only a retrofit required. DME can also be blended up to 20% into propane for use in existing propane-fuelled vehicles.
We remind, NextChem has signed an agreement with Netherlands-headquartered energy firm Dimeta to develop plants for renewable and recycled carbon dimethyl ether (DME) from waste. DME has similar properties to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and the recycled material can be blended with conventional LPG to help reduce its carbon footprint without needing to change appliances or infrastructure.