Dimethyl Ether

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  • (From energy.gov) Dimethyl ether (DME) is a synthetically produced hydrocarbon, comparable to Propane / LPG
  • It can be an alternative to diesel for use in specially designed (or sufficiently modified existing) Compression Ignition Engines ( Diesel Engines )
  • It is also used as a low-temperature solvent and extraction agent
  • Under normal atmospheric conditions, DME is a colorless gas
  • It is used extensively in the chemical industry and as an aerosol propellant
  • Dimethyl ether requires about 75 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure to be in liquid form
    • Because of this, DME's handling requirements are similar to those of propane—both must be kept in pressurized storage tanks at an ambient temperature

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