Volvo truck runs on alternative fuel DME

The Volvo Group has introduced a truck equipped with a DME engine. An LPG-like fuel, DME (dimethylether) can be produced from biomass and residual products from paper pulp production.

This truck was unveiled in conjunction with Synbios, a conference on biofuels held in Stockholm, Sweden, recently. The vehicle, a standard Volvo FM model, is equipped with a 9-liter diesel engine adapted to operate on DME. Volvo's own studies have shown that in the future DME has major potential to become a highly competitive alternative to fossil fuels.

A fuel that at relatively low pressure becomes a liquid, DME is produced through gasification of various renewable substances or fossil fuels. The gas that is formed, synthetic gas, is then catalyzed to produce DME.

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