Dimeta and Rinnai forge alliance to decarbonise LPG market

Dimeta, a global joint venture dedicated to advancing renewable and recycled carbon Dimethyl Ether (DME) production and usage, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rinnai, a worldwide gas appliance manufacturer and distributor. Their goal is to explore methods for decarbonising the LPG market in Europe by leveraging DME.

Renewable and recycled carbon DME is an eco-friendly, sustainable fuel derived from various sources like waste, biomass, or biogas. It can reduce emissions by up to 85% compared to oil and diesel. Because DME shares chemical similarities with Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and bioLPG, it can be blended with them at levels up to 20% and seamlessly integrated into existing LPG supply chains. This offers a practical pathway to lowering emissions from the more than 13 million tonnes of LPG used for energy in Europe annually.

Dimeta and Rinnai will jointly explore the potential of DME-LPG blends used in existing appliances and 100% DME dedicated appliances, including systems for hot water production, boilers, and dryers. Initially focusing on the European market, this collaboration aims to deepen their expertise and emphasise the importance of cross-value chain cooperation.

Rinnai, a corporation that provides a variety of technologies and sells millions of appliances globally, envisions DME appliances as an addition to their offerings, with a particular focus on supporting off-grid industries such as leisure, agriculture, and hospitality.

The agreement shortly follows the announcement of planning approval for Dimeta’s first-of-a-kind £150m renewable & recycled carbon DME production plant in the UK. Once operational in 2025, the plant will produce over 50,000 tonnes of DME from non-recyclable waste – the equivalent of 25% of LPG 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 DME production capacity by 2027.

Tony Gittings, Managing Director, Rinnai UK says: “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.”

Frankie Ugboma, Chief Executive at Dimeta says: “Collaboration with the whole supply chain is critical to the success of the roll out of renewable & recycled carbon DME. By having the support of world-leading companies such as Rinnai, we can maximise 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 decarbonise the LPG market that will result in a greener future.”

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