Chemrec AB

Kick-off: CHEMREC to build world’s first BioDME advanced biofuels plant

Pressmeddelande   •   Sep 09, 2008 08:15 CEST

The European project BioDME will hold its first project meeting tomorrow at Chemrecs plant in Piteå, Sweden. Within eighteen months Chemrec will deliver 4-5 tons daily of the new biofuel dimethyl ether, DME. Volvo will by then have the first of 14 DME-fuelled trucks ready and Preem will have built four filling stations. This unique project will demonstrate the entire chain from biomass to trucks running on DME. Chemrec will build and operate the plant where DME will be produced by gasification of black liquor, an internal stream in pulp mills.

The consortium agreement between the seven international partners was recently signed and the project approved by EU. The project is co-financed by the partners of the consortium, EU's Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and the Swedish Energy Agency with a total estimated cost of €28 million.

- We are very proud to be part of the BioDME project, says Chemrec CEO Jonas Rudberg. DME from forest residues through black liquor gasification has been proven to be the most energy- and cost efficient amongst the second generation biofuels with excellent environmental performance. Our technology gives the pulp industry globally a possibility to strengthen its profitability remarkably and contribute to the reduction of green house gases.

World leading competences
The project partners, that represent all industrial sectors necessary to introduce a new fuel, contribute world leading competence within their areas of expertise.

Chemrec and Haldor Topsøe will design and build the DME plant, located at the Smurfit Kappa linerboard mill in Piteå, Sweden. The plant is based on Chemrec's patented black liquor gasification technology and Haldor Topsøe's unique DME synthesis process. Volvo Group, coordinator for the project, will develop fourteen DME-driven vehicles for which Delphi and Volvo will develop fuel injection systems. ETC, the Energy Technology Center in Piteå, contributes with expertise on syngas and catalysts and evaluates the performance characteristics of the plant. Preem will implement the DME distribution and build filling stations while Total will develop fuel and lube oil specifications.

Dimethyl ether, DME, has potential to become a highly competitive renewable alternative to today's fossil fuels. DME from biomass is characterized by high energy efficiency and minimal climate impact. DME vehicles have very low exhaust emissions, due among other factors to soot-free combustion. DME is a non-toxic, environmentally benign compound already today used extensively as propellant gas in spray cans.

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