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United States : EPA approves DME under renewable fuels rule.

Oberon Fuels (Oberon) declared that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given go ahead its DME for inclusion under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

Oberon is the first company to announce plans to commercialize biogas-based dimethyl ether (DME) fuel production in North America. Its biogas-based DME is now eligible for high value D-Code 3 (cellulosic) and D-Code 5 (advanced) renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the RFS.

The EPA decided that biogas-based DME produced from the Oberon process resulted in an about 68% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHGs) when compared to baseline diesel fuel.

Rebecca Boudreaux, PhD, president of Oberon Fuels, stated Less than a year after submitting our pathway petition, this biogas produced fuel was approved. We are excited to see the EPA continue to support innovative, new fuels and include Oberon s DME under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Oberon s co-founder and COO Elliot Hicks commented One of the exciting attributes of DME is that, at its core, DME is a simple fuel. It requires a simple diesel engine and has simple propane-like handling properties.

Susan Alt, Volvo Group North America s senior vice president of public affairs, stated Our customers are engaged in heavy-duty applications and need the power and torque of a diesel engine. Oberon s DME offers that power without the need for the cryogenics or high compression associated with other diesel alternatives."

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Date:Sep 6, 2014
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