What is LPG?

LPG – Liquefied Petroleum Gas – describes flammable hydrocarbon gases including propane, butane and mixtures of these gases.

LPG, liquefied through pressurisation, comes from natural gas processing and oil refining.

LPG is used as heating, cooking and auto fuel.

In different countries, what is supplied can be propane, butane or propane-butane blends.

In 7 LPG (Propane) Fast Facts:

  1. LPG (or LP Gas) is the acronym for Liquefied Petroleum Gas or Liquid Petroleum Gas.
  2. LPG is a group of flammable hydrocarbon gases that are liquefied through pressurisation and commonly used as fuel.
  3. LPG comes from natural gas processing and petroleum refining.
  4. There are a number of gases that fall under the “LPG” label, including propane, butane (n-butane) and isobutane (i-butane), as well as mixtures of these gases.
  5. LPG gases can all be compressed into liquid at relatively low pressures.
  6. LPG is frequently used for fuel in heating, cooking, hot water and vehicles, as well as for refrigerants, aerosol propellants and petrochemical feedstock.
  7. LPG is generally stored, as a liquid, in steel vessels ranging from small BBQ gas bottles to larger gas cylinders and LPG storage tanks.

Australia, LPG is just propane.  Propane is LPG but not all LPG is propane.

LPG in Crop, Livestock & Poultry Applications

LPG gas has numerous applications in agriculture including heating for poultry, livestock, greenhouses and more. LPG gas can be delivered no matter where you are in Australia.

Typical Agricultural Applications

Some typical applications include:

  • Constant temperature control for brooders.
  • Hot water for sanitation and other uses
  • Space heating for poultry sheds, greenhouses and nurseries
  • Cost effective power generators
  • Forklift fuel
  • Flame weeding and pest control without chemical
  • Handling and processing of meat and other food products
  • CO2 generation for plant growth enhancement.
  • Drying produce such as cotton, grains, milk products, nuts & tobacco
  • As a diesel fuel substitute, in machinery, to reduce costs and emissions

LPG Gas for Diesel Substitution

Partial substitution, with LPG, saves money and lowers emissions with diesel engines in fixed installations and vehicles.

Diesel Substitution

  • Suitable for fixed diesel installations and vehicles
  • The rate of substitution is typically 30-35% and depends on engine size and application
  • A diesel substitution kit is fitted to the engine without the need to make any modifications
  • The kit can be easily removed and installed on another engine
  • Diesel Substitution Control Units ensure the optimum substitution rate
  • Engine monitoring and data logging systems continuously check engine performance and fuel consumption.

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