DME or dimethyl ether is a gaseous fuel that few people in Australia have ever heard of. But it has been generating quite a bit of excitement in Asia, Europe and North America among those looking for cleaner burning fuels for engines and household use.
Australian DME Fuels Pty Ltd ("ADME Fuels") was established in 2015 to promote the use of this exciting next generation fuel in Australia.
3 September 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") confirms that DME produced from biogas and other renewable sources qualifies for inclusion under the Renewable Fuel Standard ("RFS").
26 February 2015
The use of DME as a vehicle fuel is approved by the State of California, which allows the retail sale of DME throughout the State.
DME is well known in the chemicals sector as an ozone-friendly, non- toxic, aerosol for liquid sprays (asthma puffers, hairspray, etc.) and as a refrigerant gas.
In its pure form, DME may be used as a gas turbine fuel, or it may be blended with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) since blends containing less that 20% DME are completely compatible with existing LPG infrastructure.
30 June, 2016
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) establishes Expert Groups focused on methanol and DME production.
15 May 2015
A fuel specification DME is published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which marks an important milestone in the introduction of DME as an ultra-low emission fuel for a range of automotive, power, and heating applications
17 July, 2016
The International DME Association (IDA) establishes an Asia Pacific Affairs Committee, chaired by Michael van Baarle (MD of ADME Fuels).
DME is a cleaner burning alternative to diesel and a number of the world's largest engine manufacturers have developed heavy duty vehicles for this purpose.
Initiatives are also currently underway in the shipping industry in Europe to use DME as a next generation fuel, which will not only result is compliance with tightening air emissions standards, but also reduce the risk of environmental harm due to oil spills.
3 September, 2015
Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) and Mitshubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) makes a final investment decision on the first large scale DME fuel production facility in the Americas.