LPG: Present, Future, Past.

Thursday 16th February 2017

As Quentin Tarantino would acknowledge, a straightforward linear narrative is never as interesting as a script that starts with the present, enjoys a strong backstory, yet offers infinite future scenarios. Linking LPG to Hollywood is clearly a stretch, but in fact, LPG is no straightforward fuel.

LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) has been attracting new supporters country-wide because of its versatile nature. Its flexibility makes it a perfect fuel to power industrial kilns, heat rural spa retreats, provide instant hot water to keep dairy farms clean and cook food at music and food festivals. For homes and businesses that need all the convenience of gas despite not having access to the gas grid, LPG offers all the same benefits.

Off-grid businesses cite the fact that LPG provides them with clean, efficient and instant energy as a huge bonus when considering fuel options, as this helps to achieve substantial time and maintenance cost savings over other alternatives including oil.

LPG is a fuel that has an incredible past, is used widely in the present and has an exciting future ahead. With the ability to fuel hybrid vehicles to solve the air pollution crisis and work alongside renewable energy solutions, LPG will help to fuel the future for homeowners, businesses and vehicle owners alike.

LPG has been used for exceptional applications since before the Second World War. Due to its portable nature it came to the aid of Londoners in the blitz and in 1948 was used to fuel the London Olympic flame. Since then it has been used to cook for explorers on the highest slopes of Mount Everest, to feed the British army on manoeuvres and to provide emergency energy after the Japanese tsunami. LPG really is the most versatile and universal of fuels. 

Alongside all its practical benefits, LPG has been gaining more and more attention due to its environmental credentials. LPG emits 35% less CO2 than coal, 12% less than oil, low NOx (nitrogen oxide) emissions and almost no black carbon which is arguably the second biggest contributor to global warming. With the development of bioLPG, it is rare for a fuel that has had such a remarkable history to be able to look forward to an increasingly  positive and sustainable future.  

We are looking forward to the next chapter in LPG's exciting story. Over the next few months we will be drawing on these positive customer experiences to highlight its many benefits to off-gas grid businesses, as well as demonstrating how LPG is suited to the greenest and most efficient future technologies available. Running a business located off the gas grid does not need to cause you sleepless nights - LPG in all its forms is capable of delivering reliable, cost-effective and clean energy now and long into the future. 

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By Rob Shuttleworth, Chief Exec, UKLPG

The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK