What is LPG?
Dependable and efficient fuel for your off-grid home or business
LPG is a blanket term for two types of natural gas (Propane and Butane) and is a natural by-product of gas and oil extraction (66%) and oil refining (34%).
It’s an exceptional and efficient source of energy, that would otherwise go to waste if not captured – and has become a vital part of the UK’s off-grid energy mix.
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Propane vs Butane – what’s the difference?
Whilst Propane and Butane have similar properties, they each have specific uses.
Propane has a lower boiling point, making it more suitable for outdoor storage – and is most commonly used for central heating, cooking, transport and commercial operations.
Butane is best used indoors, making it the preferred option for portable mobile heaters. It’s also used to power leisure activities during warmer, summer months, such as camping, boating and BBQs.
LPG is available either in handy, portable cylinders or larger, bulk tanks – or you may benefit from a mix of the two. It will depend on your usage and storage space:
- Cylinders are designed to meet lower-volume needs, and are perfect when space is at a premium or when you’re on the go.
- Bulk tanks can be installed either above or below ground. They’re most popular when space is less of a concern and usage is higher.
- A metered supply is typically used for housing developments and mobile homes. This is where LPG is piped to individual properties from a centralised tank, so residents can benefit from a metered service.
LPG is an incredibly versatile fuel (with 1000s of uses) and can be used practically anywhere.
It’s used across a vast array of commercial industries – from caravan parks, hospitality and agriculture through to the likes of industrial heating and manufacturing processes, including steam generation. It’s also used as an efficient forklift truck fuel or to run greener fleet vehicles.
You can find an exhaustive list on the UKLPG website
* Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors 2019 – BEIS The role of LPG & bioLPG in Europe, WLPGA
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