What are the advantages of LPG compared to other fuels?
LPG is an energy-rich fuel source with a higher calorific value per unit than other commonly used fuels, including coal, natural gas, diesel, petrol, fuel oils, and biomass-derived alcohols. LPG generates fewer carbon emissions than gasoline (petrol) and has similar emissions to diesel. Therefore it can make a positive contribution to air quality improvement compared to diesel, heating oil and solid fuels.
LPG is immediately available anywhere and supports the use of renewable technologies.
LPG contributes to the security of supply as it has substantial reserves due its dual origins, is not contingent on the availability of any one source and is supplied from all over the world through a flexible transport infrastructure.
What is the impact of LPG on the environment?
LPG is one of the cleanest conventional fuels available. It is non-toxic and has no impact on soil, water and underground aquifers. It also helps to improve the quality of indoor and outdoor air, as it produces substantially less particulate matter and NOX than diesel, oil, wood or coal.
How efficient is LPG as an energy source?
LPG is an energy-rich fuel source with a higher calorific value per unit than other commonly used fuels, including coal, natural gas, diesel, petrol, fuel oils, and biomass-derived alcohols. This means that an LPG flame burns hotter, an advantage that can translate into higher efficiency.
LPG was also found to have higher efficiency than natural gas fuelled distributed power generation which makes it ideal for rural homes and businesses. As a cost-effective energy source, LPG can be up to five times more efficient than traditional fuels, resulting in less energy wastage and better use of our planet’s resources.
LPG is extremely versatile and portable. It can be transported using sea, rail or road transport. LPG is available in a wide variety of packaging and storage options such as cylinders and tanks and is available in even the remotest of areas.
What are the safety concerns that I should be aware of?
Safety is of paramount concern to all involved in the LPG business, from producers through the supply, storage, handling and distribution chain, through to the consumer. As a consumer, be aware of the following:
- LPG is flammable like all petroleum fuels. It must be stored away from sources of ignition and in a well-ventilated area
- LPG can be detected by a typically unpleasant odor of gas
- LPG vapor is heavier than air. Any leakage will sink to the ground and accumulate in low lying areas
- There are special tanks which are specifically designed for use underground
- LPG expands rapidly when the temperature rises. So whenever a container is filled, sufficient space is left for expansion
- LPG will cause natural rubber and some plastics to deteriorate. Only use hoses and other equipment specifically designed for LPG
- Although LPG is non-toxic, it is an asphixiant and its abuse is highly dangerous. Treat LPG with respect