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Futuria DME

New, sustainable, and set for industry

Futuria DME is an energy supply, similar to LPG, but can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 70%* compared to fossil transport fuels. It’s produced from a wide range of renewable feedstocks and residues, including black bin bag waste, and helps you to decarbonise your energy supply significantly.

What is Futuria DME?

Futuria DME is a clean, colourless gas, like LPG. It’s made from a wide range of renewable feedstocks and residues.

  • Similar to LPG

    Futuria DME is chemically similar to LPG. It's a gas at room temperature and pressure. Like LPG, it's easily transported as a liquid in pressurised cylinders and tanks.
  • Safe, clean and sustainable

    Futuria DME can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 70%* compared to fossil transport fuels.
  • Versatile

    DME has been used for over 50 years in the chemicals sector as an aerosol propellant. It can be used to help decarbonise sectors with significant energy usage.

When can I get it?

Futuria DME won't be commercially available until 2025. It'll be produced at the UK’s first Futuria DME production plant, located in the freeport of Teesside. Before this, we'll be trialling the fuel with a selection of our commercial customers in the agriculture and asphalt production industries.  

By 2040, we’ll offer all our customers 100% sustainable energy solutions. If you’re a business with a large energy requirement (located off the mains gas grid) and are looking at ways to decarbonise, please contact us to learn more about how Futuria DME could help. 

How it's made

Futuria DME can be produced from a wide range of sustainable feedstocks including:

  • Sewage sludge
  • Renewable Power + C02
  • Agriculture residues and energy crops
  • Animal waste
  • Municipal waste
  • Forest residues

Step 1

Feedstock preparation

The primary feedstock used in making Futuria DME is municipal waste (black bin bag waste). This feedstock is prepared ready for the next stage.

Step 2

Advanced pressurized gasification

Under high pressure and temperature, the feedstock is broken down, producing syngas. Harmful particles are then filtered out. The patented equilibrium approach reformer breaks the gas down further, producing a hydrogen rich syngas. It is now ready to be converted into Futuria DME. 

Step 3

Catalytic production of fuel

DME is synthesized directly with high efficiency in a slurry phase reactor, producing Futuria DME.

Step 4

Futuria DME is ready

Futuria DME can be used as an alternative energy source, to reduce carbon emissions.


*NNFCC report, May 2022