Oct 30, 2012

LPG: A Boon to Every Industry

Image Credit: David A. Villa

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) has a wide range of commercial uses, but let’s start our item with some of the simpler uses. Metal cutting is an important industrial process that requires a steady hand and clean cut. LPG is a wonderful fuel for metal cutting because it cuts cleaner; the flame is stable burning at high temperatures when compared to alternative. As a fuel, it is used extensively in drying processes: curing fiberglass to tea leaves, the uses of LPG are vast and varied.

Some industries that we can name off the top of our head are:

Food Processing—Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is used in the food processing industry because of very low risk of food contamination. It is used in the process of biscuits and potato chip manufacturing where heat is required for drying and cooking.

The metallurgical industry is another sector where LPG is found to be in extensive use. Since many raw ores require heating to high temperatures for extraction and purification, LPG gas is used to heat the ores (or whatever the raw material is) to the desired temperature.

In the sanitary ware industry – especially in the manufacture of ceramic tiles and pottery – LPG gas is one of the most viable methods of heating. Manufacture of ceramic tiles requires heating up the raw materials to a very high temperature and then a drying process that is basically the provision to tiles after glazing. Providing sufficient LPG for a plant of large size requires LPG suppliers that can supply LPG on an industrial scale.

LPG suppliers supply a great deal of gas to research facilities involving chemical engineering. You will often find small LPG gas cylinders in places ranging from high-school chemistry labs to state-of-the-art science and research facilities. These LPG cylinders are typically used to provide fuel for Bunsen burners to heat a mixture or solution.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is used in hotels and restaurants sometimes as the primary fuel for cooking and at other times as backup. As mentioned earlier, use of LPG for cooking poses no risk of contamination unlike some other fuels; therefore it is widely used for cooking in commercial establishments. This is especially true in developing countries where electric kitchen stoves are not commonplace due to the high cost of electricity.

LPG powered commercial transport is also very popular in countries like India where there is a great demand for efficient and affordable transport. There is no doubt that LPG fuelled urban transport vehicles are far more efficient and cost effective when compared to other alternatives such as petrol and diesel. LPG suppliers exist in these countries in the shape of fuelling stations that may also offer gasoline along with LPG. The past few years have seen a tremendous growth in the number of local suppliers and supply of LPG has become a very lucrative industry.

Ali Asjad is a Sweden based industrial researcher who covers energy sector in Europe. He writes on freelance basis for a large LPG Suppliers.
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1 comment:

Gasshoppe said...

This is so true! Thank you for this great article!

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