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Dimeta and NextChem to unlock potential of low-carbon DME production

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Dimeta and MyRechemical, part of the Sustainable Technology Solutions business unit led by NextChem (MAIRE Group), have agreed to carry out a study exploring the feasibility of the production of renewable and recycled carbon dimethyl ether (DME) from waste to decarbonise the LPG industry.

This study will analyse the technical and economic feasibility of DME production from waste in multiple sites in Europe. On the basis of the result of the study, the parties will work to define the best-developing strategy for project implementation.

This follows the initial agreement of the two companies, signed in February 2023, to offer low-carbon solutions to the market by exploring opportunities to develop plants to produce renewable and recycled carbon DME from waste that will be marketed by Dimeta.

Giacomo Rispoli, Managing Director of MyRechemical, said: “With this feasibility study, which adds on the initiatives we are conducting on ethanol, methanol and hydrogen, we look forward to investigating the exciting market opportunities offered by the application of our proven waste gasification technology to the production of DME. We are pleased that our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dimeta is already moving forward with this first concrete result.”

Sustainable DME can be obtained with MyRechemical technologies that convert municipal solid waste to methanol and then to DME.

Dimeta and MyRechemical will also investigate feedstock availability in Europe and conduct a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions assessment of renewable and recycled Carbon DME produced during the production process.

Renewable liquid gases, such as renewable and recycled carbon DME, are a crucial aspect of the energy transition and a key to the solution. It is a sustainable liquid gas that can be produced through renewable feedstocks, such as waste, and is chemically similar to LPG. When blended with LPG, low-carbon DME can reduce GHG emissions by up to 85%, improve air quality and decarbonise the off-grid sector with no changes to LPG appliances or infrastructure. It can also achieve over 100% emissions savings when carbon capture is used.

“We are delighted to announce our continued progress in building upon the MoU as we embark on our next endeavour to reduce carbon emissions. Through the initiation of feasibility studies, we aim to produce renewable and recycled carbon DME from waste, to decarbonise the off-grid sector. Dimeta remains steadfast in our efforts to achieve net zero by 2050, and this is a significant step towards our goal,” said Frankie Ugboma, Dimeta CEO.

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