10 Things You Might Not Know About Propane Gas
If you’re a Pelgas customer (or plan to become one), you’re probably already aware of the many environmental benefits and advantages of propane compared to other sources of home energy.
But how well do you really know propane?
Here are 10 fun facts you might not know about propane gas:
- The founder of the propane gas industry was a Pennsylvania native named Walter O. Snelling, who was the first person to identify propane as a volatile component in gasoline. After the discovery, he quickly realized its potential.
- Propane’s chemical formula is C3H8.
- In its natural state, propane is nontoxic, colorless, and odorless; an odorant (typically ethyl mercaptan, which smells like rotten eggs) is added for safety’s sake.
- Propane is 270 times more compact as a liquid than as a gas – which is why it’s far more economical to store and transport propane as a liquid.
- Propane won’t ignite when combined with air until the source of ignition reaches 940 degrees Fahrenheit – which is why it’s safe to transport in tanks.
- Propane is one of the lightest, simplest hydrocarbons in existence. As a result, it is one of the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels – so clean, in fact, that propane is not considered a greenhouse gas.
- Propane is the only alternative fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act and the National Energy Policy Act of 1992; neither the process by which propane is produced nor the combustion of propane gas produces significant acid rain contaminants.
- Although some propane is produced from crude oil refinement, most domestically produced propane is a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing.
- The propane fuel you buy is not 100 percent propane gas; it’s about 90 percent propane plus odorant, propylene, and about 9 percent butane.
- Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. propane supply is produced domestically; almost three-quarters of the remaining 10 percent is produced in Canada or Mexico.