What is propane gas. That is the question we are going to answer. Because in an earlier blog we already told you that propane gas was an interesting alternative to natural gas. Yet, in practice, there are often questions that remain unanswered. What exactly is propane or propane gas, what does it smell like and how is it extracted?
Propane, the liquid form of propane gas, is a hydrocarbon gas with the chemical formula C3H8. It is extracted as a byproduct of natural gas extraction and petroleum refining. Propane gas is liquefied into propane by pressurizing it. This process, known as liquefaction, reduces the volume of gaseous propane and makes it easier for us as propane gas suppliers to transport as well as store it. At normal pressure and temperature, propane is a gas, but when brought below a pressure of about 1.7 bar, it becomes a liquid. It is often used as a fuel for domestic heating, stoves, vehicles and as a raw material for chemicals.
The short answer to this is: no. Yet you do smell propane when there is a gas leak. Why is that? Propane originally has no specific odor. Therefore, artificial odor is added. This is done to ensure that it can be detected when a pipe leaks. In this way, large gas leaks are prevented. The artificially added odor is often described as a "rotting egg"-like smell
Propane gas and natural gas are both fossil fuels and both fall under the group of hydrocarbons. Combustion releases water and carbon dioxide (CO2). What makes propane through OK GAS sustainable is that OK GAS offsets the CO2 produced by the propane sold and used by participating in projects that then offset that CO2.
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