Oberon Fuels Companions with Suburban Propane and Empresas Lipigas to Consider Renewable Dimethyl Ether and Propane Blends in Latin America
Three leaders of their respective industries have introduced a collaboration to check a clear, progressive low-carbon gasoline mix in residential and business functions in Latin America.
The collaboration consists of Suburban Propane Companions, L.P. (NYSE: SPH) – the third largest retail propane distributor in america; Empresas Lipigas – a number one distributor of liquified petroleum gasoline (LPG, or propane) in Chile, Colombia and Peru; and Cleantech San Diego member Oberon Fuels – at present the one business producer of renewable Dimethyl Ether (rDME) globally. The events purpose to guage and validate the fabric compatibility, security and efficiency attributes of a rDME+LPG blended product to be used in residential and business heating and cooking functions in Latin America.
Dimethyl ether has been used for many years as an environmentally secure, non-toxic aerosol propellant. Renewable DME has related properties to LPG making it a wonderful mixing agent with LPG. The rDME+LPG mix could be saved and transported utilizing present LPG infrastructure and can be utilized in lots of functions together with transportation, cooking, heating, forklifts, and energy era. When made by the Oberon course of, the California Air Sources Board has calculated that dairy biogas-based rDME has an estimated carbon depth (CI) worth of -278. Even in low volumes, rDME can dramatically cut back the CI of LPG blends.
“The analysis of Oberon’s rDME for residential and business markets in Latin America is a significant milestone for us on two fronts,” mentioned Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D., President and Chief Government Officer of Oberon Fuels. “It marks the shift in our US-based market improvement efforts to world deployment, and it is step one in using rDME+LPG blends past transportation. We’re thrilled to be working with Lipigas and Suburban Propane on this challenge.”
“At Lipigas we’re getting ready our strategy to change into a carbon impartial firm. That’s the reason we’re exploring extra sustainable vitality options that contribute to Chile attaining vitality independence. For that reason, we now have sealed this alliance with Suburban and Oberon Fuels that can permit us to change information and lay the foundations for the event in Chile and Latin America of rDME, a gasoline of renewable origin, carbon impartial, which is getting used efficiently in different elements of the world. The nice benefit of rDME is that it is extremely just like conventional liquefied petroleum gasoline, which permits mixing each gases utilizing the identical LPG cylinders and present infrastructure. As well as, rDME+LPG blends are appropriate with the gear that prospects use at present of their houses, companies or industries, requiring little or no modifications,” mentioned Ángel Mafucci, CEO of Empresas Lipigas S.A.
Lipigas will handle the testing plans and protocols together with: rDME+LPG mix proportion, equipment specs, testing timeframes, and functions wherein the rDME+LPG blended product will likely be used. Suburban Propane, which early on noticed the potential for rDME and is the primary LPG firm on the earth to put money into rDME manufacturing, is facilitating challenge logistics and taking part in knowledge evaluation. Oberon Fuels will present the rDME, produced from its flagship manufacturing facility in Brawley, California, and area experience to the challenge primarily based on greater than a decade of manufacturing, market and regulatory improvement actions.
“From the very starting of our funding in Oberon Fuels, we believed within the potential for rDME+propane blended merchandise to scale back the carbon depth of propane past the transportation sector,” mentioned Michael Stivala, President and Chief Government Officer of Suburban Propane. “We’re extraordinarily happy to collaborate with Lipigas and Oberon to start to check these functions. Lipigas’ market management in Chile, mixed with our expertise and attain throughout the US markets, will speed up the adoption of rDME throughout the complete spectrum of LPG makes use of.”
In keeping with IHS Markit, demand for LPG in Latin America “is pushed by residential and business prospects, which devour about 80 p.c of the area’s LPG.” Mixing rDME into LPG presents an intriguing and probably important alternative to scale back each carbon and standards emissions related to LPG use. As a result of rDME could be produced from native waste streams by way of confirmed, devoted pathways, it presents a low-cost, complimentary path to decarbonization with LPG and renewable LPG.