September 5, 2014 8:35 AM, EDT

Oberon’s DME Fuel Gets ‘Renewable’ Designation

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated biogas-based dimethyl ether from Oberon Fuels as a renewable fuel eligible for renewable identification numbers, or RINs.

San Diego-based Oberon said Sept. 3 it was granted approval based on an application filed almost a year ago.

Oberon and Volvo Trucks are cooperating to promote DME as an alternative heavy-duty truck fuel in North America.

EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard promotes the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel such as ethanol, biodiesel and other fuels.

DME is similar to propane and is made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.