Dimethyl Ether (DME) finds numerous uses in commercial products and are commonly used as a viable alternative for propane in LPG. It can also prove an excellent substitute for diesel fuel. Since diesel fuels contain more energy than gasoline used for most passenger cars and methanol proves to be an irrelevant and ineffective source of energy for diesel engine, DME turns out to be good.
At present, DME is manufactured by conversion of hydrocarbon gasification to syngas. Syngas is later converted into methanol using copper (as a catalyst). Later on, the syngas is synthesized with a different catalyst that results in the production of dimethyl ether. Apart from ability of manufacturing competency, dimethyl ether has a competitive edge over conventional diesel since it has a higher cetane number. With the rise in commercial importance, DME is gaining a wider attention as a renewable source of energy as a fuel for diesel engines.
The market witness a remarkable growth owing to use of rise in efforts for minimizing carbon footprint. The derivation process being easy that helps in faster production is beneficial for market growth in the near future. The dimethyl ether market creates favorable opportunities for growth of chemical applications in the near future.
Raw materials used in the production of dimethyl ether include methanol, coal and bio-based feedstock. Methanol is a widely used product for manufacture of dimethyl ether. It constitutes for more than 60% use in production of DME. Dimethyl ether is basically used as an application for LPG Blending, Transportation Fuel and Aerosol Propellant. LPG blending constitutes for a greater market share since the
Asia-Pacific regions have a larger share in the market as Dimethyl Ether is used for multipurpose. The demand is significantly high as the region witness surge in population and increase in demand for fuel alternatives. Rise in capacity is another factor responsible for the growth of APAC market. In addition, entry of new players also propels the market growth in the near future.
North America follows Europe as the market is hugely driven by rise in reconstruction activities followed by rise in use of chemicals. Consumer electronics and appliances have been at the forefront application for dimethyl ether.
Prominent players in the dimethyl ether market include Toyo Engineering Corporation, Guangdong JOVO Group, Akzo Nobel NV, Praxair Inc, Grillo-Werke AG, China Energy Limited, Oberon Fuels Inc, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Ferrostaal GmbH and TOTAL S.A.