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What is natural gas condensate?
Natural gas condensate is made when hydrocarbon liquids found in raw natural gas are combined in a low-density mixture. This condensate might be made up of hydrocarbons, such as butane, propane, hexane, and pentane.
CNG is compressed natural gas, and is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1 percent of its volume. CNG has no odor, color or taste, and it's comprised mainly of methane. It's often used as a transportation fuel, and it's been utilized in this capacity since World War II.
LNG is liquefied natural gas. This colorless liquid is developed when natural gas is cooled to temperatures of -260 degrees Fahrenheit, and this process is typically undertaken when gas is being shipped from one location to another. The volume of the gas shrinks by up to 600 times during this cooling process, and this makes for easier storage and transportation. Also, LNG will not ignite in its liquid state, which makes it safer to ship. Upon arrival at its destination, LNG is converted back to gas at a re-gasification plant, and it's then once again able to be used as a fuel source.
What are the main uses for natural gas?
Natural gas is used in a wide variety of applications. This fossil fuel is used as an energy source for heating and cooking, and it's used to generate electricity. Natural gas is also used as vehicle fuel, and it's used to make fertilizers and feed for livestock and fish. Finally, natural gas is part of the manufacture process used to create glass, fabrics, plastics, paint, steel, and other products.
What are the advantages of natural gas?
Natural gas come with several advantages. Natural gas holds the distinction of being the cleanest-burning fossil fuel available, and it emits very few airborne pollutants. This type of fuel can also be used without the need for an underground storage tank, and this reduces the risk of spills and contamination. Also, natural gas is in abundant supply domestically, and this results in relatively stable prices. Finally, this fuel has a strong safety record, due largely to the fact that manufacturers add an odorant whose smell can be used to quickly identify fuel leaks.
Can propane tanks expire?
It's possible for propane tanks to expire, and the expiration date is usually stamped on its collar. The date is indicated in a month-year format. Tanks that are 10 gallons or less typically expire 12 years after the date of manufacture. At this point, the tank may be exchanged for a replacement, or you can have it re-certified for another five years. Tanks that are more than 12 years old can be re-certified for an additional five years up to three times, as long as they are free of dents and damage. This means that these tanks could theoretically last up to 27 years.
Where should propane tanks be stored?
Propane tanks should always be stored outdoors. The tank should be kept on a flat surface, and it should be stored at least 10 feet away from flammable items, such grilling accessories. If you have young children or pets, store the tank on a high shelf that is out to reach of youngsters and animals. If a shelf isn't available, consider installing barricades that prevent pets and kids from gaining access to the tank.
Propane tanks are safe if they're handled properly. Portable propane tanks should never be stored indoors, and it's also essential that these tanks be properly secured if they are being transported. Propane tanks should never be left in cars or closed vehicles, and temporary tanks should be carefully secured if they're being used for heating, cooking, or to generate hot water. Finally, if you're connecting a tank to an appliance, this task should always be handled by a technician who is experienced in working with propane.
Is propane the same as natural gas?
Propane is not the same as natural gas. Natural gas is a raw gas that is comprised of multiple gases, including propane, ethane, methane, and butane. Propane is an element of natural gas that is separated during a refining process. This is because,, on its own, propane offers more than twice the energy of raw natural gas. This makes it an efficient energy solution.