LPG is a clean and readily available gas that functions in an almost identical way to natural gas, making it a popular choice for off-grid households in the UK that want to enjoy the benefits of heating with and cooking on gas all year round. It is also attractive for a wide range of businesses with high heat and energy needs that are looking for a clean, versatile and low carbon source of energy.
LPG stands for Liquefied Petroleum Gas. The term is widely used to describe both Propane and Butane.
The term "liquefied gas" may seem a contradiction in terms yet liquidity is the unique character of LPG that makes it such a popular and widely used fuel. At normal temperature and pressure, LPG is gaseous. It changes to a liquid when subjected to modest pressure or cooling which means it can be easily stored in bulk tanks or portable cylinders so providing energy wherever it is needed. In liquid form, the tank pressure is about twice the pressure in a normal truck tyre, which means it is very safe when properly handled.
LPG is a by-product of two large energy industries: the processing of natural gas liquids and the refining of crude oil. It used to be burned off and wasted but after its value as a versatile low carbon fuel was recognised it quickly became established globally as a widely available exceptional energy source that is perfect for a wide range of applications from providing heat in homes and industry to powering the Olympic flame.
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