LP Gas is a global fuel. Although the majority of production is in North America and the Middle East, it is used in most countries of the world. Demand has been growing strongly in Central America, the Middle East and Asia although some African countries have also experienced particularly high growth rates.
Nearly fifty percent of the world's LP Gas demand is in the domestic and commercial markets where it is used for cooking, space heating and water heating. It is becoming increasingly popular as an automotive fuel.
The impact of this on society and the environment is significant as LP Gas is displacing solid fuels such as coal, wood, charcoal and cow dung. These traditional fuels produce dust, dirt and smoke, which cause severe health problems. As a result LP Gas is making a significant contribution in improving air quality levels in the home, in commercial kitchens and in restaurants.
The use of LP Gas as an automotive fuel has led to significant improvements in street level air quality by displacing traditional automotive fuels such as diesel and gasoline.
There are other social issues associated with this changing domestic fuel use. No longer does the household have to deal with the messy collection and storage of solid fuel and prepare and clean the appliances. LP Gas further eliminates the risk of burns from lingering fires.
LP Gas can power the smallest domestic appliance or the largest industrial application. In addition to its many applications as a fuel, LP Gas is also an important feedstock for the chemical industry.
Clean burning LP Gas is ideally suited for domestic and commercial cooking. Another popular application for LP Gas in these markets is space and water heating.
LP Gas assists farmers to increase their output and improve the quality of crop production through weed flaming, crop harvesting, and crop drying. LP Gas is also used to heat breeding houses for pigs and chickens and powers irrigation pump engines.
There are almost no limitations for LP Gas use in the industrial sector. Some common applications include heat treatment furnaces, direct firing of ceramic kilns, glass working, textile and paper processing, paint drying and cotton singeing.
The purity of LP Gas also enables it to be used as an aerosol propellant.
The clean burning nature and portability of LP Gas has led it to become one of the fastest growing transport fuels. Although it has been used for years as a low emission alternative to gasoline and diesel forklift trucks, LP Gas is recently being used more for on-road applications in taxis, private cars and buses.
Finally the versatility of LP Gas allows users to rationalise on one form of energy eliminating the need for storing and handling several different types of fuel.
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