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Topsøe Launches First Plant to Make DME from Biomass

9:17 AM MDT | September 22, 2008 | Alex Scott

Catalyst and technology supplier Haldor Topsøe says it has agreed to participate with six other companies to build the first plant that will produce the fuel dimethyl ether (DME) from waste biomass. Topsøe says the small-scale facility will be constructed at Pitea, Sweden and have capacity to produce 5 m.t./day of DME. It is scheduled to start up in 18 months, Topsøe says. The road to clean fuel: Volvo will test DME in heavy trucks. Topsøe and Chemrec (Stockholm), a company that specializes in converting paper mills into biorefineries...

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