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Benefits of Natural Gas as an Energy Source

Posted on 01 February 2018

Natural gas can be produced in two ways by using either the conventional method or the renewable method. As an alternative source of fuel, natural gas can be acquired at a lower cost with easy domestic accessibility, has better emission releases and an established network distribution system.

The RNG or renewable natural gas and the CNG (conventional natural gas) also known as LNG or liquefied natural gas must primarily be compressed if they are going to be used for vehicles. Varying conditions must be considered when natural gas is being envisioned for domestic use.

Since 2015, the petroleum consumption within the United States has been relatively high for the past couple of years. Petroleum imports are counted at 9.4 billion barrels daily, and 19.4 billion of these imported barrels are consumed on a day-to-day basis. The presence of natural gas minimizes the disruptions in international supply and stabilizes the country’s energy security.

Vehicle Performance

Natural gas vehicles or NGVs are like the common gasoline or fuel that is used for vehicles, which can likewise be used for heavy duty vehicles that may either have dual-fuel compression ignited engines or spark-ignited engines. It provides the same power needed for speed cruising and acceleration on the road. Although vehicle owners who intend to use NGVs must have extra storage tanks if they intend to cover long distances because natural gas has lesser overall energy in comparison to gasoline and diesel.

Lower Emissions

All vehicles must be able to come up with the mandatory standard emission whether natural gas, gasoline or diesel is used. The tail pipe emissions from natural gas fuels are the same with the emission coming from vehicles using gasoline and diesel vehicles that have been equipped with modern emission devices. A light vehicle fueled by RNG lessens greenhouse gas emissions by 83% in comparison to conventional shale natural gas that reduces such emissions by 11%. RNG is produced by capturing biogas from landfills and livestock thereby minimizing methane discharge into the atmosphere, which is relatively safer.

Infrastructure and Vehicle Availability

Consumers have the option to have their existing gasoline or diesel vehicles retrofitted so they can operate their vehicles on natural gas fuels. However, it is imperative that any conversions must meet the standard emission mandated by appointed government agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Fire Protection Agency, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency among a few.

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