WLPGA Global Technology Conference (GTC2015)

Increasing Global Market Opportunities for LPG

The Industry’s 8th Global Technology Conference (GTC2015) took place in Singapore on Tuesday 29th September 2015 during the 28th World LPG Forum.

GTC Innovation Award

The GTC2015 Innovation Award was granted to  M-TriGen for its paper LPG Powered Micro Combined Cooling Heating and Power Systems (MCCHP)” presented in Singapore.

Selected Abstracts 2015 for the 28th World LPG Forum in Singapore

Use of LPG in Wartsila Internal Combustion Engines: Alternative Fuel and Experimental Purposes

Internal Combustion (IC) engine performances are to be studied with tests using fuels whose characteristics are similar to main conditions on field (marine and power applications). W- existing products, with consolidated and/or new technologies, are tested with LPG after gasification, with different mixtures with natural gas. Variable Methane Number mixtures are needed, with large amounts of LPG, supplied by dedicated plant with mixing units. The impact of LPG on IC engines performance is presented.

Mr Paolo Mangano, Wartsila Italia S. p. A. (WIT), Italy

LPG Powered Micro Combined Cooling Heating and Power Systems (Mcchp)

This development is a unique micro tri-generation system that will allow the propane industry to meet all of the power/mechanical requirements including electricity, cooling and heating of its subscriber base at competitive prices to the electrical and natural gas industries.

Mr Randy Erwin, M-TriGen, USA

LPG Direct Injection Engine Research

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) performed testing to determine the feasibility of using LPG in a modern downsized/boosted, direct-injected engine without changing hardware or engine calibrations. Results were favourable, so SwRI performed additional testing to demonstrate any performance or emissions distinctions between an optimized LPG calibration and petrol in the stock calibration.

Mr Greg Kerr, PERC, USA

Development of Nanoadditized High Therm LPG for Metal Cutting Applications

Oxy- acetylene based cutting is well established technology in industries for fabricating metal sheets. However, LPG can be a less hazardous alternative, but for its lower thermal efficiency. Oxides of f-block elements are reported to enhance the efficiency of cutting gas in terms of flame temperature and low oxygen consumption. This paper describes the improvement in cutting efficiency and flame temperature enhancement by using a nanodispersion of a representative f-block metal oxide in LPG’s.

J. Ota, et al., Indian Oil Co., India

X-Tech LGI System: the Technology that makes LPG the most efficient and Clean Fuel for today and Future Road and Marine Powertrains

This abstract describes an innovative Liquid LPG Common Rail Injection System, the LGI System, that simplifies the development of high-performance and environmentally friendly engines, enabling the less expensive and cleaner LPG to become an important player in fields until now dominated by gasoline and diesel fuels.

Mr Rubens Basaglia, X-Tech R&P S.A., Switzerland.

On the Removal of Residues from LPG

Controlling the post-vaporization residue level in LPG is one of the main concerns of the LPG industry. Higher levels of residue in the fuel, especially the presence of heavy hydrocarbons (carbon rich compounds, C20+) may lead to functional problems in engines and vehicles eventually. This technology involves specially designed filters (columns) for its road tankers and LPG Terminals (higher capacity) to remove heavy hydrocarbons from the LPG stream and to ensure high purity LPG.

Mr. Onur Azak & Mr. Emrah Isbilen, Aygaz, Turkey

LoW8: the next Generation of Composite Pressure Vessels

The LoW8 (Low W-eight) patented technology hides one of the most revolutionary composite solutions for storing and transporting LPG and all kind of other gases. It is the first and only technology that combines minimum weight and environmental impact with a maximum durability and safety. A major breakthrough is that the composite is truly flexible and allows for deformations exceeding 50% of its initial shape.

Mr Jan-Jaap Koppert, LoW8 B.V., The Netherlands

Unvented Gas Heating Product’s Indoor Air Quality Impact in Energy Conservation Structures

This research project will predict the impact of an unvented gas heating product’s operation on the indoor air quality (IAQ) of structures complying with the most energy efficient green construction requirements of the International Code Council (ICC), the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the International Green Construction Code (IGCC)/National Green Building Standard (NGBS). The primary emissions of concern are CO, CO2, NO2, O2, and H2O. It will compare the results to both United States and internationally recognized IAQ guidelines.

Mr Greg Kerr, PERC, USA

Internal Leak Limiter for Non-Refillable Metallic Gas Cartridges

This paper reports a unique internal leak limiter (ILL) for non- refillable metallic gas cartridges. The design has been patented and industrialised with excellent results. This ILL restricts and/or stops the release of the pressurized gas (e.g. LPG) when the cartridge is disconnected from the appliance or is erroneously mounted. It operates by exploiting the pressure of the contained gas and the under pressure generated at the limiter’s upper part, thus restricting the outflow from the container in case of container (e.g. cartridge) removal from the appliances.

Mr Haritopoulos Panagiotis, Coral Gas Aebey, Greece

Next Generation Communication Technology Development in Japan

This document explains present state of Japanese gas utility’s Gas Smart Metering System. The Japan Utility Telemetering Association (JUTA) have standardized Multi-hopping wireless network and next generation communication interface specifications for LPG meter and Metro Gas meter as unified specification.

Mr Jungo Tsubakihara & Mr Chikato Yokoyama, Japan Utility Telemetering Association, Japan