Established in February 2022, Dimeta is a joint venture between SHV Energy and UGI International to advance the production and use of renewable and recycled carbon Dimethyl Ether (rDME), a low-carbon sustainable liquid gas, to accelerate the LPG Industry’s transition to Net Zero.
At Dimeta we:
Identify partners and frameworks for developing rDME production plants
Aim to produce 300,000 tonnes of rDME per annum by 2027
Wholesale rDME to the LPG market, as it transitions to Net Zero
Advocate support for rDME and promote adoption
The off-grid energy challenge
Across the world, over 200m tonnes of LPG is used for energy per year, providing portable, clean burning fuels to billions of people living and working off the mains gas grid. For many of these applications, mainstream solutions such as hydrogen or electrification will not be suitable due to geography, practicality or affordability.
There is a clear need for alternative renewable energy solutions in off-grid areas, whether for homes and businesses in rural areas, hard to electrify HGVs or industrial processes.
To address this, the LPG Industry across the globe are transitioning to ‘drop-in’ renewable liquid gases. Dimeta is supporting this transition by producing rDME and accelerating its adoption, which alongside other renewable liquid gases can reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality in an affordable way.
What is rDME?
Renewable and recycled carbon DME (rDME) is a safe, clean-burning, sustainable fuel that can support decarbonisation of the off-grid energy sector including domestic and commercial heating and cooking, industry and transport.
to propane and butane
as a liquid in pressurised cylinders and tanks
Can be blended with LPG and used in existing applications
Can reduce GHG emissions by up to 85% compared to heating oil
Easily distributed using existing LPG infrastructure at the same pressure
Can be produced today from wide range of sustainable, locally sourced, feedstocks
DME has been used safely in industrial applications for decades
Similar to LPG, substantially reduces pollutants such as NOx, SOx and PM compared to solid and liquid fuels
rDME can be produced from a wide range of sustainable feedstocks including:
Biogenic material such as manure, organic fraction of waste streams, and other biomass
Non-organic fraction of municipal waste such as non-recyclable plastics and tyres
Captured CO2 and other waste gases from the industrial sector such as steel, aluminium, and cement manufacturing
rDME can be produced using a range of technologies including gasification or electrolysis
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Dimeta scales up rDME supply:
Dimeta’s first major project, Circular Fuels Ltd (CFL) is a joint venture between Dimeta and KEW technology. CFL is a specialised project development company, which develops construction-ready rDME plants using KEW’s proprietary advanced gasification technology.
The first plant has been announced in the UK, where Dimeta plans to produce 50,000 tonnes per year of rDME. The production facility is located in Teesside, one of the UK’s leading decarbonising industrial clusters, shall be in operation in 2025.
Subsequent plants are already in development in mainland Europe and the USA.
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12 Feb 2024
To celebrate the two-year anniversary of Lizzie at Dimeta, we sat down with her to discuss her journey so far. As Lizzie has a background in chemistry, this also aligns with today's celebration of women and girls in science.Read more
29 Jan 2024
Dimeta’s manifesto calls for European policymakers to recognise the role of renewable liquid gases (such as renewable and recycled carbon DME) in decarbonising the off-grid sector during the next European Parliament elections.Read more