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DME Briefing Series
A weekly series of briefings providing information, insight and expertise from key industry stakeholders, DME project and technology developers, strategists and experts
Dr. Rebecca Boudreaux
Chief Executive Officer
Oberon Fuels

Michael Stivala
Chief Executive Officer
Suburban Propane


rDME as a Pathway to Zero-Emission Mobility and Carbon Neutrality - California Update
Thursday, 22 October 2020 | 11.00 - 12.00 US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Briefings by the Chief Executive Officers of Oberon Fuels and Suburban Propane on commercialization of the first renewable DME (rDME) in the US

An update on three key factors in the introduction of rDME into one of the world's largest alternative fuel markets. First, details on an expansion to Oberon's plant and the rDME demonstration project funded in part by the California Energy Commission; second, the impact of the deal announced last month between Oberon Fuels and NYSE-listed Suburban Propane; and third, the signing into law last month by the Governor of California of a bill that removes barriers to the sale and adoption of rDME/propane fuel blends by fleets across the state.

Dr. Werner Willems
Technical Expert
Sustainable Fuels Research
Ford Motor Company

Dr. Klaus Lucka
Managing Director
Powertrain Industry Perspectives on the DME Opportunity for Sustainable Mobility
Thursday, 5 November 2020 | 11.00 - 12.00 US Eastern Standard Time (EST)

An update on projects demonstrating DME's potential to help achieve current and long-term air-quality and GHG-reduction objectives

Updates on DME-related activities within the Ford Motor Company along with information on the status of projects related to energy transition in the transport sector now underway in Europe. Current data on DME's potential to substantially reduce criteria and well-to-wheel emissions in light- and medium-duty vehicles will be covered, along with an update on major initiatives now underway including the C3 Mobility Project and DIN and CEN standardization.

Rebecca Groen
Director, Biofuels
SHV Energy
LPG Industry Perspectives on rDME Opportunities 
Thursday, 12 November 2020 | 11.00 - 12.00 US Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Insights into the strategic opportunities being explored as global developments related to renewable DME gain pace

Industry insight into opportunities presented by rDME for significant contributions to decarbonization in applications including transportation, heating, cooking and industrial processes. Recent news including the significant investments in an rDME producer by one of the largest propane companies in North America and the signing into law of a bill enabling the sale and adoption of rDME/propane fuel blends by fleets in one of the world's largest alternative fuel markets both provide excellent examples of the opportunities being defined and the investments being made in two fuels whose many synergies make a compelling business case for numerous applications.

Daniel Klein
Senior Engineer
Powertrain Innovation - Innovation Scouting
FPT Powertrain Technologies

Gilles Hardy
Senior Engineer
FPT Powertrain Technologies
DME's Potential for Emissions Reduction Over a Wide Range of Heavy-Duty Applications
Thursday, 19 November 2020 | 11.00 - 12.00 US Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Data and insights on DME performance, emissions and efficiency in a heavy-duty engine from a global leader in powertrain design and manufacture
A first report on results from evaluation underway at FPT (part of CNH Industrial) of DME in a selection of its diesel engine range. CNH brands were pioneers in the use of natural gas and biomethane for transport, with IVECO being the first manufacturer to offer a full range of natural gas models from light- to heavy-duty vehicles and buses. The group is an international leader in the design, production and sale of agricultural and construction equipment, trucks, commercial vehicles, buses and specialty vehicles, in addition to a broad portfolio of powertrain applications, and has large-scale R&D development activities for alternative fuel engines.

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Current Advances in Renewable DME & Methanol Synthesis
15 October 2020
Briefings from two major European projects demonstrating innovative production pathways for renewable methanol and DME

Data and insights for industry from the just-completed FLEDGED project into the technical, techno-economic and strategic potential of new production routes for rDME and green methanol, along with an update on the FReSMe project demonstration now underway involving CRI, Tata Steel and SSAB, of a process enabling CO2 captured from steel manufacturing for the production of renewable methanol.