What is natural gas used for?
In Quebec and Canada, natural gas is an important energy source. According to the Canada Energy Regulator, over six million Canadians use it every day.
Since natural gas can be used in many different ways, it is not surprising that so many people rely on one of its different forms (compressed, liquefied, etc.) to meet their energy needs.
Here are some of the many uses of natural gas, particularly as fuel in the transportation sector.
Compressed natural gas is a fuel of choice for the transportation industry
Nowadays, many businesses in the transportation sector rely on a fleet of natural gas vehicles. In Canada, more than 20,000 of these vehicles are used to transport passengers or goods (Natural Resources Canada).
The growing use of natural gas as fuel is no accident. There are many advantages to this fuel for transportation companies:
Natural gas vehicles emit 10 to 25% less greenhouse gases than diesel vehicles
Natural gas vehicles offer fuel savings of 30 to 40% per kilometre
Natural gas vehicles are much quieter
Compressed natural gas fueling can be done overnight
However, natural gas must be compressed or liquefied to provide enough energy and range to vehicles since it offers less energy per volume than diesel. You can usually easily find a fueling station that offers compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling near major Canadian highways. This form of natural gas is also ideal for powering heavy trucks and buses.
Natural gas has many uses in the agricultural sector
As in the transportation sector, natural gas can be used as a fuel for agricultural vehicles. However, farmers can exploit this natural resource in many other ways.
As an essential ingredient in the production of some fertilizers
Anhydrous ammonia, a derivative of natural gas, contains a considerable amount of nitrogen. Nitrogen is used in many fertilizers and helps farmers replenish nutrients in the soil and increase the yield of their land.
As fuel for agricultural equipment
Farmers can use natural gas as a fuel to operate equipment essential to their operations such as pumps and heating systems.
Natural gas is used to power several power plants
Natural gas is used as a fuel in many thermal power plants in Canada. Natural gas currently generates an estimated 14% of the electricity consumed in Canada.
This fuel is much cleaner than coal and oil, which are still used to generate electricity in some parts of the world.
Other uses for natural gas
Companies in the transportation, agriculture and energy sectors are major consumers of natural gas in its various forms, but many people in Canada and Quebec also use it in different ways.
Think of the water heaters, high-efficiency gas furnaces, dryers, stoves, barbecues and fireplaces that can all be fueled by natural gas. These appliances are part of everyone’s daily life and could not function without an energy source.
You too can count on natural gas!
In conclusion, natural gas is a clean energy source used by businesses and individuals to power a wide variety of vehicles and equipment. It is practically impossible to list all the uses of natural gas but this article hopefully helped you understand its importance.
At EBI, we specialize in the production and distribution of compressed natural gas for vehicles. Contact us today to take advantage of the undeniable benefits of this clean fuel and contribute to a greener future!