Although natural gas is widely used for electricity production, it has spawned by-products that serve a number of needs, such as fueling the growing distributed power generation (DG) market, an on-site energy option that is becoming increasingly attractive to businesses. It is seen as a viable alternative to traditional electricity and energy sources. Companies have a need for energy independence, and innovative power systems can revolutionize the industry going forward.
Emerging Alternative Fuels
The by-products that are so useful to distributed power generation are propane, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and synthetic or substitute natural gas (SNG), but these fuels are multi-taskers. Because it burns quickly, propane is used for a variety of fueling purposes. LPG can be found in refrigerants and aerosols, while SNG, which is produced through a gasification process involving fossil fuels and oil shale among other components, is used for fueling cars. When it comes to the DG market, however, these fuels enjoy popularity because they are among the clean-burning options that are easiest to access.
Smaller Generators, Bigger Impact
The traditional method of creating electricity is to produce it at electrical plants, after which it is distributed to homes and businesses throughout the local area. Distributed power generation involves utilizing smaller generators that can be situated closer to end users with the result that businesses and other entities can have their own on-site energy supply. Users find they have a more reliable energy source and costs are lower as compared to purchasing electricity via the traditional method. On-site energy systems are fuel efficient and help communities because they ease the burden on the local power grids.
The Case for Energy Retention
Natural gas has grown as a fuel common to the production of electricity beginning in the 1990s. Coal was used prior to this, but the pollution concerns connected to the burning of coal prompted researchers to look for alternative methods of producing clean energy. One problem associated with the production of natural gas is that, ironically, a good deal of energy is released during the process. However, by-products such as propane, SNG and LPG, used in distributed power generation, are capable of producing additional electricity.
Going for Efficiency with Distributed Power
Manufacturing facilities, plants and mills are always interested in improving the efficiency of their operations. A significant amount of power is required to run their equipment, and distributed power generation helps these businesses reduce costs while maintaining product quality and production speed.
Because it is generated on-site, DG retains the energy lost through the traditional transmission process that occurs across a large electrical power grid. Industrial facilities must also be cognizant of environmental concerns. In addition to being cost efficient, on-site energy systems decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provide companies with a sustainable energy solution.
Putting Great Fuels to Good Use for Distributed Power
The United States has been enjoying a major upswing in the use of natural gas and its by-products, and companies that opt for on-site energy are clearly benefiting from the natural gas boom. Given its focus on innovative process solutions, Polaris finds using distributed power generation fueled by propane, LPG and SNG enables businesses to make highest and best use of this versatile system.