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Advantages of Natural Gas Engines

Advantages of Natural Gas

Industrial natural gas engines have several key advantages over conventional gasoline and diesel engines.

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The Advantages

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Advantages of Natural Gas Engines

Industrial natural gas engines have several key advantages over conventional gasoline and diesel engines.

Better Performance – Dedicated natural gas engines are superior in performance to gasoline engines because natural gas has an octane rating of approximately 130. In comparison, super and unleaded have octane levels of 95 and 97 respectively.

Cost of Fuel – On average, diesel fuel prices were on the decline from October 2014 through February 2016. Since then we’ve seen rising prices, and in November 2017, diesel fuel prices hit the highest price per gallon since January 2015. In addition, New Jersey announced a 31-cent increase in the diesel fuel tax effective January 2017. The bottom line is that diesel fuel prices are constantly fluctuating in response to the geopolitical climate, whereas natural gas fuel prices have been consistently low over the past five years.

Maintenance Intervals – Compressed natural gas burns cleanly. Maintenance intervals for changing the oil and air filters in industrial natural gas engines are much longer than comparable diesel engines. Natural gas does not contain Sulphur, particulate matter, traces of heavy metals or toxic additives in it, which can contaminate motor oil.

Environmentally Friendly – Commercially available medium and heavy-duty natural gas engines have demonstrated over 90% reduction in particulate matter and more than 50 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) relative to commercial diesel engines. Industrial natural gas engines also produce as much as 25% fewer greenhouse gases (CO2) that contribute to global warming.

Safety – Another benefit with natural gas is that in the event of a spill, natural gas dissipates in the environment while liquid fuels can contaminate our water sources and are very difficult to remediate. In the event of an accident, this dissipation makes a safer site than if a flammable liquid fuel was involved.

Noise Reducing – A secondary byproduct which is less thought of is noise pollution; CNG engines run quieter than common diesel engines.

Less dependence – Since up to 90% of the U.S. natural gas that we consume is domestically produced, we rely less on imported energy sources and become less susceptible to oil-induced recessions.

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