DME is an ultra low-emission, non-toxic fuel produced from both renewable and fossil resources that is stored and handled in the same manner as LPG. DME's quiet, sootless combustion, high cetane rating, low emissions, as well as its inexpensive LPG-like fueling system, make it an excellent diesel alternative able to meet strict emissions standards. Significant market, commercial, and regulatory developments worldwide are driving DME's introduction as an ultra-clean fuel for a variety of applications.
The IDA serves as the global voice for the DME industry, and works to promote the use of DME as a clean alternative fuel worldwide, to gather and communicate authoritative information about DME, and to coordinate relevant international activities and initiatives. The IDA has a global membership of companies, institutions, and individuals at the vanguard of industry developments, representing a wide range of interests within both the upstream and downstream value chains.
Meet the Experts Those most involved in DME's commercialization provide insight into what is driving interest in DME worldwide
LPG Industry Leads Component Standardization Effort
A new Strategic Partnership agreement with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and involvement by industry representatives in DME initiatives all reflect the growing interest by propane distributors, equipment and infrastructure manufacturers and project developers in the opportunities presented to the propane industry globally by the introduction of DME as a fuel.
Watch video below to learn more about how DME can be produced from abundant feedstocks and used as an ultra-low emission alternative to diesel
Alberta Government Funds Industry Research Partnership Project
A project partnership involving the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Mack Trucks, Westcan Bulk Transport, and Oberon Fuels has announced a project to develop and demonstrate technology for use in the fuel system of heavy-duty DME trucks. The project, supported by funding from Alberta's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, will involve the development of technology by researchers at NAIT, who plan to test the technology using Mack trucks from Westcan's fleet running on the highway corridor between Calgary and Edmonton.
New York City Reports on World's First DME Mack Truck Customer Demonstration
This year the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) became the first Mack customer in the world to evaluate DME in its fleet in a demonstration done in collaboration with Mack Trucksand Oberon Fuels.
"The DSNY was honored and proud to be the first fleet to pilot-test Mack Truck's first DME-powered truck in North America" said Spiro Kattan, Deputy Director of the DSNY's bureau of Motor Equipment. Performed over a period of three months in a variety of weather conditions and temperatures, the evaluation included more than 900 miles (>1,400 kilometers) of driving in a variety of conditions, both loaded (56,500 lbs. / 25,628 kgs.) and unloaded. The demonstration is the first step in the city's evaluation of both DME trucks and DME fuel in the city's waste management fleet, one of the largest in the world.
Heavy-Duty DME Engine Receives Certification in China
28 October 2015 | A consortium collaborating on a DME vehicle project in China received certification for a DME fueled heavy-duty diesel engine satisfying Euro 6 emission standards. The engine, a modified 6 liter 135 kW WP6 common rail injection diesel engine from Weichai Power, is being demonstrated on short-haul heavy-duty street sweeper and garbage trucks.
Ford Leads Project to Produce World’s First Production Passenger Car Fueled by DME
15 September 2015 | A project consortium led by Ford has announced plans to develop and test the world’s first production passenger car, based on the Ford Mondeo, to run on DME.
The three year, €3.5 million project involves international collaboration by Ford’s European Research & Innovation Center with entities including Oberon Fuels (supplying DME to the project), DENSO, IAV Automotive Engineering, and Germany’s leading engine technology research network the FVV, whose more than 150 members include BMW, Bosch, Caterpillar, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Delphi, Honda, MAN, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Toyota, Shell, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
Final Investment Decision Reached on First Large-Scale DME Fuel Production in the Americas
3 September 2015 | A consortium comprising Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC), and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has made a final investment decision for the construction of a 1 million TPY methanol and 20,000 TPY DME project in Trinidad and Tobago after securing financial support from the Japanese government and a commercial bank.