Oberon Fuels is bringing DME to North America with its proprietary skid-mounted, modular, small-scale process. DME (dimethyl ether) is a clean-burning, potentially renewable fuel and an excellent, inexpensive diesel alternative that meets strict emissions standards. The Oberon production units use various feedstocks—such as biogas (animal and food waste, wastewater treatment, landfills), natural gas, and stranded gas—and they produce 3,000–10,000 gallons of DME per day. The Oberon process cost-effectively converts methane to DME, resulting in stable pricing (not dependent on crude oil), at a price that is competitive with diesel. The modular design can be deployed to remote stranded-gas locations that can be difficult and expensive to harvest, and to industrial operations where our units can monetize waste CO2 streams.
These small-scale Oberon production units enable the development of regional fuel markets that service local customers engaged in regional haul, so initially we bypass the need for a national infrastructure. In addition, capital expenditures are in sync with market growth. As the DME market develops, more small-scale production units will be deployed in each region and new regions will be added across North America.
While DME has been in development for several decades, market forces such as increasing emission regulations, the spread between natural gas and crude oil pricing, and innovations in processing technology make now an exciting time to commercialize DME particularly in the heavy-duty trucking sector.
Oberon Fuels, Inc. was founded on November 5, 2010 in La Jolla, California. Its founding members include the current chief executive officer, Neil Senturia and chief operating officer, Elliot Hicks.