Liquified Petroleum Gas - a clean, portable gas for homes, and businesses
What is Liquified Petroleum Gas?
Liquefied Petroleum Gas, better known as LP Gas, consists of Butane or Propane gas which, when compressed, turns to liquid and can then easily be pumped at high pressure into a tank or cylinder. Its physical and combustion properties make it a clean fuel that burns completely and emits significantly less pollutants than petrol or diesel therefore making it a much more environmentally friendly fuel.
In liquid form the gas is only half the weight of water. LP Gas can be easily transported by ship, road tanker and in portable cylinders. There are virtually no limitations to where LP Gas can be made available. It has been used as an automotive fuel for over 70 years. In fact, according to a 1996 Marketline Report (titled: Market Developments in Global Automotive LP Gas) LP Gas has become the world's most important alternative automotive fuel, outperforming all other fuels in terms of both environmental benefits and economic value.
What are some of the applications of LP Gas?
LP Gas has tremendous versatility of application. The most widely used commercial forms of LP Gas are Butane and Propane.
Butane is supplied in domestic cylinders which can be used indoors. It is perhaps more commonly known as bottled gas, and it is established that in the region of 400,000 Irish households use bottled gas mainly for domestic cookers, portable heaters, barbecues etc.
Propane is also used in the domestic market for central heating systems, water heating, gas fires and tumble dryers. In the industrial/commercial sectors it is used for industrial furnaces, glass and ceramic manufacturing, heat treatment of metals, forklift trucks, catering, hot water, space heating and swimming pool heating. In the agricultural sector it is used for poultry rearing, grain drying, CO2 enrichment in glass houses, mushroom tunnel heating and cooling. The propane is supplied from either bulk storage tanks or cylinders at the users' site.
LP Gas is also widely used as an automotive fuel for motor vehicles and offers many advantages over other fuels such as petrol and diesel.