The world has ushered into a brand new era of searching and exploring new and innovative ways of producing energy to support the current fuel needs, gone are the days with careless usage of fossil fuels and unconcerned emissions, the time is changing along with the acceptable alternatives for fuels. There is almost a new automotive fuel revolution currently happening in India. LNG is becoming a strong contender as an optional fuel for transportation as environmental concerns get cacophonous day by day.
With the major countries progressing in this direction India is also on the way towards a similar destination, While its prices are predicted to stay benign in the upcoming future, usage of LNG in buses and trucks could become a compelling proposition which will be much cost-effective and a matter worth considering over. LNG being much heavier than CNG has more heating value and offers about a range of 700-800 km on a full tank, which is the same as a truck running on diesel. These qualities together make LNG suitable for heavy-duty engines. Also, the carrying capacity of the vehicles powered by the fuel is 2.5 times quite CNG. In addition, LNG buses are capable of operating up to 600-700 kilometers (in one filling) which is twice the maximum amount as what CNG offers. It having a heavier energy density and its liquid form makes it possible for LNG to be stored in smaller cylinders with a packaging that’s quite almost like diesel. last, LNG vehicles are the simplest bet for operators in ownership costs. In the coming years, the technology will allow the availability of this fuel for smaller vehicles as well making them much more cost-efficient it is good news for drivers and customers both using cab-hailing services such as Onscabs as the already cost-effective service providing rides 20-25% cheaper may become even more cost-efficient in the upcoming future.
India is showing favorable conditions for the usage of LNG and it might be seen to be a serious contender within the upcoming future as LNG is additionally cheaper than diesel to just about 40 percent also as Compressed gas (CNG) which is 15 percent dearer. Mainly the lower prices will boost the margins of the city gas distribution companies and much more as the spot LNG prices further drop down due to the current situation of pandemic adversity, leading to a more widespread supply. It is fascinating to know that Gujrat Gas now meets about 55-60% of its LNG requirements compared to 25% a year ago, Mahanagar Gas is another beneficiary of lower spot LNG prices with the industrial segment constituting over 15 percent of its total volumes. Currently, the gas supply companies supply domestically produced gas to the residential customers while the imported LNG to the industrial areas.
Automobile and trucks are one of the major contributors to global climate change they hold a pivotal role in the current status of the environment, with 17.8% of the greenhouse emissions coming from road-related vehicles. There are over half a billion automobiles in the world today and they mostly burn traditional fuels resulting in a huge amount of carbon emission in the atmosphere(you could probably imagine the scale now). As car ownership increase rapidly this is expected to grow in the future, Increasing efficiency through decreased vehicle size, increases in mileage, hybrid vehicles, and diesel engines is one way of decreasing greenhouse emissions from automobiles. But there are clearly cleaner alternatives to this such as LNG(Liquefied Natural Gas) which could fulfill our energy needs as well as helping to make harmony with nature making our situation a bit more hopeful
Natural gas could clearly be considered as the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel available because it has the lowest CO2 emissions as per unit of energy. For an equivalent amount of heat, burning natural gas produces about 30 percent less carbon dioxide than burning petroleum. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas with a larger portion constituting methane, CH4, as well as some mixture of ethane, C2H6 that has been cooled down into liquid form for ease and safety of non-pressurized storage and transport.
Moving back to about 100 years we will find that the burning of wood and use of coal as well as traditional fuel was fairly common and did not matter much then but with the industrialization, the reach of products such as vehicles has reached the masses and the scale has reached a tremendous degree along with the concerns for the damaging effects and the impact that it is causing to the planet.
The need to change has become inevitable along with the need to move forward, towards better solutions to these immediate concerns. Just a bit of self-thinking and knowledge about the current general status of the environment will give you a definite answer paints a picture of the future that you definitely do not want to see. Here’s a simple task, try asking your parents about the environmental conditions and climate change that has occurred since their time till now and it will give you an abstract background of the seriousness of the situation for they will tell you the metrics that will help you to compare the current climate conditions with past ones allowing you to come to a better conclusion.
Advantages of Natural gas over other traditional fuels (Environmental concerns).
- When burned, natural gas releases up to 50% less CO2 than coal and about 20-30% less than oil which is clearly a cleaner, better, and much more efficient solution.
- When used in power generation, natural gas emits as much as 50% less CO2 than coal, which in turn results in negligible emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), mercury (Hg), and particulates in comparison with other traditional fuels.
- On-going current technology developments working towards enabling the capture and storage of CO2 (CCS) that will help to further reduce the emissions coming from natural gas-powered generators.
- The increased use of natural gas offers a significant solution to improving local air quality and public health.
As people continue to grow concerned over the time, their sense of responsibility to control their share of waste to limit their share of contribution to the degradation of the environment has grown much more than their previous generations. People now days are concerned about their carbon emissions and how much their daily routine of lifestyle is actually affecting the environment. The sense to control their financial efficiency has grown as we move towards a more developed and working culture, so people move in search of a cleaner and cheaper alternative to the traditional fuels that they use whether it is for electricity or automobiles and LNG seems like a viable solution.