Growing Applications of LPG Driving Global Market

Published Date : Feb 29, 2016

LPG is an efficient, sustainable, and relatively cleaner burning fuel that has gained importance as a major source of energy in several thousand homes across the globe. Liquefied petroleum gas, a combination of propane and butane, exhibits high heating or caloric value, in the sense that it generates higher amount of heat from a comparatively shorter volume of gas. LPG is used in a number of end-use applications such as horticulture, manufacturing, industrial, and agricultural. 

Here’s a look at some of the key application areas of liquefied petroleum gas.

LPG in Metal Processing: Using a number of heat treatments to cater to the growing demand for highly specialized metals, metallurgy is conducted with the help of a thermal cycle that can heat as well as retain a high temperature and later provide required cooling. This treatment needs an extremely controlled environment, which is provided by furnaces that are powered by LPG. 

Use of LPG in Food Processing: Thanks to its properties of clean burning, liquefied petroleum gas is being broadly used in several food processing systems. An increasing number of bakeries as well as makers of chocolates, chips, and biscuits are becoming inclined towards LPG in order to minimize the risk of contamination. In addition to this, liquefied petroleum gas is also used for sterilization in slaughter houses. It is used to dry, smoke, and cook pork. Moreover, it also finds application in several pasteurization processes in the dairy industry. 

LPG as Vehicular Fuel: Perhaps one of the most common uses of LPG in vehicles is as transportation fuel, termed as auto gas.  It is the cleanest, cheapest, and most green substitute to gasoline. An estimated 1,400 refueling sites in the United Kingdom provide liquefied petroleum gas, which illustrates its increasing demand. It is used as ignition fuel as it burns more efficiently compared to petrol and diesel.