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In recent decades new, highly efficient energy generation models have been developed to address some of the inefficiencies and limitations of traditional power grids and energy generation. One such model is Distributed Power Generation or DG as it is often called for short. This process offers many great benefits, which we’ll look at in more detail below; however, in order to be possible, DG requires a fuel source of its own. That’s where natural gas and LPGs come into play. Let’s take a look at the role they play in the distributed power generation revolution.

The Role of Natural Gas for DG

Natural gas is a common fuel for the generation of electricity and has been growing in use and popularity since the1990s with the advent of new technologies that made extraction more efficient. Prior to the use of natural gas, coal was the main fuel source used for the generation of electricity. However, coal fell out of favor due to concerns about pollution, paving the way for the rise of natural gas as a cleaner alternative. Since then the primacy of natural gas has continued to rise and some estimates predict that by the mid 2030s up to 80% of all gas-fired electrical generation may be coming from natural gas or a natural gas byproduct.

The Role of LPGs for DG

However, while natural gas offers many advantages, there are some drawbacks too, especially with the efficiency of transport and handling. As a result LPGs are commonly used for electrical generation and other processes. LPG stands for Liquid Petroleum Gas and as the name implies it is the liquid form of petroleum gas. There are different types of LPGs including propane and butane. Another alternative is Synthetic or Substitute Natural Gas (SNG). These products offer the best qualities of natural gas but with some added benefits in terms of efficiency and transport.

The Advantages of Distributed Power Generation

Distributed Power generators are much smaller than traditional power plants and are located on-site where the energy will be utilized. This is a great benefit that allows facilities in remote locations to produce their own energy supply rather than relying on a potentially unstable power grid. Distributed power generation can also help other businesses, even those located in highly developed areas, to gain more energy independence and reliability, while also often cutting costs.

Polaris Can Help

Polaris is proud to be at the forefront of the Distributed Power Generation revolution. In addition to this great technology we can also show clients how to gain greater efficiency through technologies such as cogeneration or combined heat and power systems (CHP), which is often used in conjunction with DG systems. However, even for clients not interested in changing their energy systems, Polaris provides state-of-the-art fabrication and engineering services. Through our consultation services we can also help clients remove bottlenecks, eliminate inefficiencies, and increase productivity and output. For more information about these or other services please contact us.

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