Coal is more abundant than petroleum, particularly in heavily populated China and India, the main target markets for DME. Europe and North America will come later. TOKYO — Though not exactly a household word, dimethyl ether, or DME, could become the next big alternative in automotive fuel. Tests by a consortium of three Japanese companies, working in conjunction with the nation's Center for Coal Utilization, have demonstrated that DME, a coal by-product, could eventually replace diesel ...

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