DME will also be needed

In yesterday’s web news I got a prompt response to my question from yesterday: Who will invest in biofuels?

The article describes the Chemrec company that develop and prospect production plants of Di Methyl Ether (DME).

The pulp and paper industry and vehicle manufacturers (in this case Volvo venture capital provided by Volvo Technology Transfer) are making some investments.

For the bus and fleet operators however a commitment from the Public Transport Authorities (PTAs) is of higher value.

I would also like to take back a part of what I wrote yesterday.

The Swedish energy administration “Energimyndigheten” has been acting responsible with a long time perspective when it comes to supporting the sustainable technology development supporting e.g. DME technology.

Still, short term tax and toll incentives by other political administrations and PTAs redirect the short term efforts.

Today, the most sustainable technology is the biogas, that is based on sewage/sludge and other wastes from urban activities. A large expansion is still possible in most cities. The limited availability of wastes will however not be able to support all transports. Therefore, DME will also be needed.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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