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Oberon Gets California DME Nod

February 27, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Biofuels, certifications, DME by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Continued Progress Toward Dimethyl Ether Commercialization

San Diego-based Oberon Fuels has won California approval of dimethyl ether as a vehicle fuel, continuing the march toward commercialization. DME handles like propane, works in modified diesel engines (maintaining the efficient compression ignition cycle), and can be made from biogas with no need to process out the carbon dioxide.
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Oberon Biogas DME Gets RFS Approval

September 8, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, DME by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm’s Dimethyl Ether to be Eligible for Cellulosic-Equivalent RINs

Southern California’s Oberon Fuels has received U.S. EPA approval of its biogas-based dimethyl ether as a RIN-eligible product under RFS-2, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
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Volvo D13-LNG Engine in 2015

June 3, 2014 in ACT Expo 2014, DME, Dual Fuel, LNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Orders Will Be Taken Late This Year for Compression-Ignition Engine

Volvo Trucks will begin taking orders for its D13-LNG compression ignition natural gas engine later this year, with initial availability in 2015, says sales and marketing president Göran Nyberg.
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Obama Demands More Efficient Trucks

February 24, 2014 in Regulations by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Trucks Account for Just 4% of Traffic, But 20% of Fuel Use, President Says

President Obama has directed the heads of the U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation to devise a second round of fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses, and to have the new regulations in place in about two years.

'We want trucks that use less oil, save more money, cut pollution.'

‘We want trucks that use less oil, save more money, cut pollution,’ the president said in Maryland last week.

A first round of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles covers model years 2014 through 2018. The new rules will extend into the next decade.

“Five years ago, we set out to break our dependence on foreign oil,” Obama said at an event last week hosted by Safeway at a distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Md. “Today, America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades,” Obama said. “For the first time in nearly 20 years, America produces more oil here at home than we buy from other countries.”

President Obama wants to go further, ordering the heads of the U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation to develop and issue the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by March 2016, with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (by March 2015. ‘This second round of fuel efficiency standards will build on the first-ever standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (model years 2014 through 2018), and will reach well into the next decade, just like the President’s successful national car program,’ the White House said.

President Obama wants to go further, ordering the heads of the U.S. EPA and Department of Transportation to develop and issue the next phase of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by March 2016, with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (by March 2015. ‘This second round of fuel efficiency standards will build on the first-ever standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (model years 2014 through 2018), and will reach well into the next decade, just like the President’s successful national car program,’ the White House said.

Less Fuel Means Lower Prices

The president said that while heavy duty trucks account for just 4% of all the vehicles on the highway, they’re responsible for about 20% of our on-road fuel consumption.

“And because they haul about 70% of all domestic freight – 70% of the stuff we use, everything from flat-screen TVs to diapers to produce to you name it – every mile that we gain in fuel efficiency is worth thousands of dollars of savings every year…

“We want trucks that use less oil, save more money, cut pollution,” the president said. He credited the efforts of 23 companies that have joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership to reduce their oil consumption or replace their old fleets of trucks with more fuel-efficient models.

“Collectively,” Obama said, “they operate about 1 million commercial vehicles nationwide.”

Naming Names

“If rivals like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, or UPS and FedEx, or AT&T and Verizon – if they can join together on this, then maybe Democrats and Republicans can do the same,” he said.

“To help our businesses and manufacturers meet this new goal, we’re offering new tax credits, both for companies that manufacture heavy-duty alternative-fuel vehicles and those that build fuel infrastructure so that trucks running on biodiesel or natural gas or hybrid electric technology, they’ll have more places to fill up.”

Safeway noted that it actively collects used cooking oil for the production of biodiesel, that it’s testing liquefied natural gas in five vehicles, and that it’s evaluating dimethyl ether as part of a partnership with Oberon Fuels and Volvo (F&F, June 11, 2013).

Source: White House with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

PortTechExpo Next Week in San Pedro

September 5, 2013 in Conference/Meeting, DME, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Technologies Range from Pure Heavy Electric Trucks to DME

PortTech Los Angeles is gearing up for the fourth annual PortTechExpo, a one-day event being held September 11 at the Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles meeting center in San Pedro, Calif.
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Mack Trucks Too Embraces DME

July 16, 2013 in DME by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Like Parent Volvo, Mack to Offer Dimethyl Ether Option for 2015
As Fuel Development Partner Starts Up Its First Plant in California

Mack Trucks is to begin production of dimethyl ether-powered Pinnacle Axle Back models with the 13-liter MP8 engine in 2015. Echoing its corporate parent Volvo Trucks, Mack says that DME is a “non-toxic, clean-burning alternative fuel, offers many environmental and societal benefits, including that it can be made from multiple sustainable feedstocks.”
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Volvo BioDME with Oberon Fuels

June 11, 2013 in Biofuels by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clean Power for Diesel-Cycle Engines Part of Multi-Fuel Strategy,
Safeway to Test in California from Brawley Plant Starting This Month

Volvo is working with California’s Oberon Fuels on bio-derived dimethyl ether for diesel-cycle compression ignition engines, part of a multi-fuel Volvo strategy that also includes natural gas and biodiesel. Safeway will test the diesel alternative in two trucks with Volvo D13 engines converted for DME. Oberon’s first plant, for 4,500 DME gallons per day, is to commence production in Brawley, Calif. this month. this item was originally posted on June 6
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