Propane is affected by temperature change, as is most everything on the planet. Like the human body, propane reacts to temperature change. When it is cold, it becomes denser and, when it is warm, it expands. This means that in terms of a closed tank of propane, the level of propane will vary depending on the outside temperature. Yet, the quantity of energy is constant. However, it is indicated that the propane liquid is denser. Nevertheless, the energy remains the same and the mass, i.e. the weight, also.
Propane can be found in two forms: liquid or vapour. Generally speaking, we use propane vapour for the Barbeque grill, fireplace, cooktop/range, space heater, central heating, etc., whereas, propane liquid is used in systems that require substantial amounts of energy, such as for drying corn, ovens in foundries or enormous systems that require millions of BTUs (British Thermal Unit). In reality, propane liquid is approximately 270 times more powerful than propane vapour. So, if you have one litre of propane liquid, the transformation into vapour will be 270 times greater. This particular characteristic is what makes propane the greatest source of energy available in the smallest containers and, therefore, easily transportable. Understandably, nuclear and hydrogen give off much more energy with less volume and mass, however, they are much more difficult to transport.
Propane gas is a source of energy, easily transportable, affording considerable energy potential.
The following points clearly summarize the positive advantages of propane gas:
- Versatility – Whether it be for heating, cooking, refrigeration, lighting or motor vehicles, propane gas will satisfy your needs, simply and efficiently.
- Easily transported – Propane gas is easily transported in steel or polymer tanks. Moreover, there are many types of containers to satisfy customer’s particular needs.
- Energy capacity – In modern times, propane gas is still the source of energy that provides the most energy, easily transported, in comparison to alternative fuels. (The Benefits of Propane)
- A clean source of energy, reliable and easily maintained – Propane gas burns without dirt and soot residue. Contributing to its reliability are simple setup requirements, necessitating a minimum of maintenance.
- Usefulness in emergency situations – Since propane gas is easily transported and holds such great energy flexibility, it is an important factor in solving issues in case of accidents, natural disasters, such as floods, ice storms, etc. It can help in the fight against disasters by simplifying people’s lives and in the rebuilding process.
- Cost – Since propane gas is found in abundant supply throughout the planet, it represents a competitive source of energy at an affordable price. Moreover, the means of delivery is simple and, therefore, not very expensive, another factor assuring the remarkable value of propane gas.