Propane is available in abundance in Canada. This country produces nearly 5% of the world supply and uses only a third of that domestically; the rest of Canada's propane is exported. The infrastructure is in place to transport, store and dispense propane safely and efficiently to Canadians.
Propane is clean burning and effectively competes with other fossil and renewable fuels on efficiency and green house gas emissions in many applications. It also offers additional air quality advantages; when properly mixed with air to form a combustible mixture, propane emits virtually no soot and low carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen, which are the basic precursors of ground level ozone, or smog. Its simple chemical make-up allows it to burn cleaner than coal, light and heavy petroleum fuels, ethanol, and even natural gas in some cases. Because propane is stored and transported under pressure, the transportation and storage system prevents any evaporative emissions. In the event of a leak, propane readily vaporises and dissipates into the atmosphere. In an era of environmental concerns, propane stands above most fuels and rivals the cleanest.
Propane's exceptional value makes it the choice of hundreds of thousands of Canadians, for their homes, businesses, farms and fleets. While the economics of using propane vary with each application, the common theme is value. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that heating a home with gas costs half as much, on average, than heating with electricity. Add to that the fact that propane-fuelled furnaces last 5-10 years longer than electric heat pumps. When it comes to water heaters, propane heaters are often as much as 30% less expensive to operate than electric heaters, with twice the recovery rate, resulting in huge savings on electricity bills.
As a transportation fuel in Canada, propane has historically enjoyed a significant price advantage; as much as 25% over regular gasoline.
Production, storage, transportation and use are subject to strict standards and regulations. Propane is stored and used in sealed containers and fuel systems, and is only transferred from one container to another by trained personnel. Propane tanks are 20 times more puncture proof than conventional gasoline tanks.
Propane can be stored, transported and used almost anywhere, and won't deteriorate over time. Storage cylinders and tanks come in a range of sizes; all built and transported according to highly regulated safety standards. In many case, it is the only fuel used in remote locations because of its portability, especially for applications where demand patterns change, such as construction sites or cottages.
There are countless opportunities to take advantage of clean-burning propane. For propane at home and in the workplace, think cooking, heating and cooling – appliances such as pool, patio, space and water heaters, clothes dryers and refrigerators. For agriculture, think heating greenhouses and other buildings, weed and pest control, crop drying, waste incineration and powering equipment. For industry, think forklifts and mobile generators, drying and curing paint, bricks and ceramics, glazing pottery, metal heating and processing. And of course, propane is a transportation fuel – new models of cars, trucks and entire fleets are available. Propane is ready to fuel the tools and toys you rely on for work and play.
Non-fossil fuels, such as solar and wind are environmentally friendly, but have reliability limitations. The flexibility of propane makes it possible to partner with other energies to supplement energy supply when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing. Technology exists to facilitate this automatic switching. Propane provides a rich source of hydrogen for fuel cells. An up-and-coming energy source, fuel cells create power and heat through an electrochemical process rather than burning, converting hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy.
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