Portable

LPG is extremely versatile and portable. It can be transported using sea, rail or road transport. LPG is available in a wide variety of packaging and storage options ranging from refillable cylinders to underground tanks.

It is also a fuel that is available in even the remotest of areas, improving the lives of millions of citizens worldwide and providing a further impetus to regional development. As relatively few rural or remote areas can benefit from piped natural gas, LPG is an ideal power source for these areas, either as a primary source or in combination with renewable fuels.

LPG does not need a huge infrastructure of pipelines to support it. Often, it is the only fuel to reach islands or high-altitude communities and, in times of emergency or national disaster, it can be crucial to survival.

LPG can be carried away from a retail outlet in a cylinder by an individual, or delivered to an industrial plant in a bulk tanker. It is a truly multi-purpose energy source. It is easy to transport by tanker, or in cylinders).

LPG has some special attributes for rural communities, which have earned it ready acceptance and a prominent position in rural energisation. Those benefits include:

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Availability

There is nothing exotic to invent or improve. The transportation system that moves it is in place, the tanks to store it are available, the appliances and equipment that provide heat and power are “on the shelf”.

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Portability

LPG can be stored, easily transported and used virtually anywhere from downtown urban areas to remote regions of the globe. It is not dependent on natural gas or electricity grid systems.

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Adaptability

The size and type of container can be adapted to the local market, transport modes and geography

LPG has provided households with a gaseous fuel alternative to meet their most important energy needs, notably space/water heating and cooking. Since the underlying technology is essentially identical to that used in natural gas-powered equipment, LPG-fuelled appliances have benefited from various technological advances that have made them significantly more fuel-efficient and, by extension, cleaner and less C02-intensive.

Due to its physical characteristics and ease of use, LPG enables and facilitates the use of a wide range of technical solutions for space and water heating. Today, LPG is widely used as recommended as an ideal fuel for use in central heating systems, condensing boilers, hybrid systems (solar thermal combined with gas), instantaneous water-heaters, micro-cogeneration units (currently based primarily on Stirling or combustion technology, but, over time relying increasingly on fuel cells), and, looking forward, LPG-powered heat pumps.