Oberon DME Approved by EPA for Inclusion Under the RFS

Oberon LogoMI member company Oberon Fuels, the first company to announce plans to commercialize biogas-based dimethyl ether (DME) fuel production in North America, announced this week that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its DME for inclusion under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

As a result of the EPA’s decision, Oberon 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 determined that biogas-based DME produced from the Oberon process resulted in an approximate 68% reduction in greenhouse gases when compared to baseline diesel fuel.

Rebecca Boudreaux, Oberon’s President, noted that “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.”  Susan Alt, Volvo Group of North America’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, added that “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 cryogenics or high compression associated with other diesel alternatives.  We look forward to continuing our work with Oberon to demonstrate the benefits of this clean-burning, non-toxic diesel alternative for the heavy truck industry.”  More information can be found here and here.

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