BioDME 2nd Generation Biofuel

Biobased Dimethyl Ether

bioDME Benefits

Does bioDME compete with Food?

                Bio DME does not compete with food as it is produced from various wastes including household refuse, waste plastics, crop waste and other mixed wastes which cannot be separated.

What are some advantages of bio DME?

                Commercial vehicles, which are generally diesel powered, consume diesel fuel and release a multitude of harmful products.  These products, which include sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and various carbon-based soots, are released into the atmosphere to cause acid rain, dense fog, and heavy atmospheric damage.  However, DME has been tested in commercial applications, yielding promising results.  With minor modifications, commercial vehicles, diesel trucks especially, can efficiently operate on bioDME fuel.  Not only do they efficiently operate, but they do so without the release of net greenhouse gases.  Further, the fuel combustion products  are safer to humans and environment due to the absence of atoms such as nitrogen and sulfur in the structure, as well as aromatic hydrocarbons.  As the commercial transportation industry contributes more than 20% of greenhouse gases per year in the US, a transition to DME use would result in a strong decline of greenhouse gas emission.   

                While the end product of lower greenhouse gas production is important, a full life cycle assessment must be addressed in order to fully perceive the capabilities of bioDME.  In fact, recent studies suggest that bioDME is over five times more efficient than petroleum based fuels.  This is due largely to the source and production of bioDME.  While petroleum-based fuels are derived from a limited resource, sources of bioDME are widely distributed.  These sources range from wood pulp and coal to household waste and industrial exhaust gases.  Because of the capability of bioDME to be produced from these sources, a very pressing environmental issue is answered.  BioDME production is able to consume a substantial amount of waste from many different facets of the world and yield a clean burning and environmentally safe fuel.   

                As household organic waste is a source for bioDME production, the source costs become almost zero.  To add to this benefit, the use and consumption of household wastes will greatly reduce landfill capacities, resulting in less contaminated land masses.  Additionally, breaking down waste in landfills introduces massive amounts of methane gas, increasing greenhouse gas densities.  By reducing the amount of waste in landfills, this effect can be minimized.  Therefore, in respects to source, bioDME addresses issues of both cost and environmental impact, which further supports its use as an alternative fuel.  Ultimately, due to the combination of these effects, the environmental impact actually becomes negative, subtracting from the overall damage incurred on the environment and greatly reducing production costs.   

                In regards to safety, bioDME has a comparative safety status similar to traditional fuels.  However, unlike gasoline, it does not contain carcinogenic molecules or any other negative biological effectors.  Additionally, unlike petroleum-based fuels, bioDME does not degrade over time.  This equates to an extended shelf life and simple portability.  An important detail when considering domestic uses is the non-corrosive and non-toxic nature of bioDME.  Because it does not react with metals and is non-toxic, it is a safe alternative to natural gas for home cooking uses.   










Another biofuel which is close to commercialization is biobutanol