DME is a high cetane fuel that provides the torque and efficiency required of heavy-duty trucking fleets. DME compression-ignition engines come with lower maintenance costs and reduced requirements for aftertreatment equipment, lowering the lifetime cost of operating the vehicles for fleet operators. These advantages, including Oberon’s ability to use locally available bio-wastes to manufacture DME, make this fuel ideal in a number of commercial settings:
Oberon Fuels handles all production and delivery for its partners, making a predictable supply of DME as simple as signing a fuel contract.
DME can be centrally produced by Oberon Fuels and delivered to customers as needed on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Therefore, early adopters would be fleets involved in local and regional hauls that drive into and out of the same terminal daily and refuel at this base site.
Importantly, capital expenditures are in sync with market growth. As the market develops, more small-scale production units will be deployed by Oberon in each region, and new regions will be added across the country. Eventually, a national infrastructure will service long-haul applications.
High Performing, Easy to Handle
DME is an excellent substitute for diesel in the trucking industry because of its high cetane number (55) and because it does not require spark plugs, high pressure, or cryogenics like CNG and LNG. A DME fuel system requires different fuel injectors (allow higher flow), fuel pump, and fuel storage tank but is not inherently expensive. No high pressure or cryogenic tanks are required, drastically reducing the vehicle cost. Additionally, DME is easy to handle and store.
Oberon has partnered with Volvo and Mack Trucks, both divisions of The Volvo Group, to bring the next generation of DME-powered, heavy-duty trucks to fleet operators around the globe.