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Dimeta and Rinnai to decarbonize LPG heat

Dimeta and Rinnai to decarbonize LPG heat
Tony Gittings (left) Managing Director, Rinnai UK, and Frankie Ugbpma, Executive Director, Diemta (photo courtesy Dimeta).

The Netherlands-headed Dimeta B.V., a joint venture between two of world's the largest off-grid energy suppliers to accelerate the production and use of renewable and recycled carbon Dimethyl Ether (rDME), has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan-headed Rinnai Corporation, a global manufacturer and distributor of gas appliances, to explore ways to decarbonize the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) market in Europe through the use of rDME.

According to a statement, the partnership will explore the use of renewable & recycled carbon Dimethyl Ether (rDME) in appliances to decarbonize the liquified petroleum gas (LPG) market.

rDME is a clean-burning, sustainable fuel made from various feedstocks, such as waste, biomass, or biogas, and can reduce emissions by up to 85 percent compared to oil and diesel.

Decarbonize LPG heat market

As rDME is chemically similar to liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and bioLPG, it can be blended with up to 20 percent and ‘dropped in’ to existing LPG supply chains, providing a seamless pathway to reducing emissions from the over 13 million tonnes of LPG used for energy in Europe each year.

Together, Dimeta and Rinnai will explore the role of rDME blended with LPG and used in existing appliances, as well as 100 percent rDME dedicated appliances, including hot water production systems, boilers, and dryers.

The collaboration between Dimeta and Rinnai will initially focus on the European market and will include the two companies working together to further their knowledge and showcase the importance of collaboration across the whole value chain.

On a corporate level, Rinnai sees DME-fired appliances joining a suite of technologies from the company. Rinnai sells millions of appliances globally, particularly supporting off-grid industries including the leisure, agriculture, and hospitality sectors.

Our LPG-fuelled products play a critical role in powering off-grid communities across the world. With more steps being taken to lower global emissions, being able to provide greener solutions is key on the road to net zero. Our collaboration with Dimeta will enable us to further explore the use of renewable liquid gases like DME and how we can deliver quality appliances that not only work efficiently and affordably for our customers but contribute positively to the global environment, said Tony Gittings, Managing Director, Rinnai UK.

Scale rDME production

The agreement shortly follows the announcement of planning approval for Dimeta’s first-of-a-kind £150 million rDME production plant in the UK.

Once operational in 2025, the plant will produce over 50,000 tonnes of rDME from non-recyclable waste – the equivalent of 25 percent of LPG-fired domestic heating in the UK.

In addition to the first plant in the UK, subsequent plants are in development in Europe and the United States, as part of Dimeta’s goal to achieve 300,000 tonnes of rDME production capacity by 2027.

与整个供应链criti合作cal to the success of the rollout of renewable and recycled carbon DME. By having the support of world-leading companies such as Rinnai, we can maximize the opportunities for DME to support the hardest-to-decarbonise sectors, such as off-grid homes and businesses. Working together, we can harness our shared experience and knowledge to find bold ways to decarbonize the LPG market that will result in a greener future, commented Frankie Ugboma, Chief Executive at Dimeta.

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