There are abundant supplies of clean, reliable, affordable natural gas right here in North America. As a consequence:
- Transitioning from oil to natural gas is an essential step towards our nation’s long-held policy to reduce our dependence on costly foreign oil, especially oil from unstable countries.
- The improved economics of using natural gas as a fuel rather than oil is playing a significant role in the revitalization of America's manufacturing economy.
- Carbon dioxide and other emissions from natural gas are significantly lower than those from coal or fuel oil.
Up until now natural gas has only been available to those facilities located on a pipeline. However, NG Advantage is making natural gas available to large commercial customers hours away from a pipeline to help them save money and comply with ever stricter air pollution regulations.
Natural gas cars and trucks currently cost more than their oil-powered equivalents although they are now becoming readily available. A natural gas vehicle needs a larger fuel tank than a gasoline or diesel vehicle to achieve the same range. On the other hand, fuel costs are less for natural gas and maintenance costs are still less because natural gas burns cleanly. Clean Energy now operates over 500 natural gas vehicle filling stations across the US.
CNG is compressed natural gas. LNG is liquefied natural gas which must be kept at temperatures near absolute zero. CNG has a lower cost of production and storage compared to LNG as it does not require an expensive cooling process and cryogenic tanks.
CNG, however, requires a much larger storage container to house the same amount of Btu. That is why NG Advantage has chosen to have the gas it delivers to a plant drawn directly from its trailers, not requiring the customer or the company to permit, build, and maintain huge storage tanks.
NG Advantage and its partner Clean Energy Fuels offer customers CNG and LNG depending on which is best for the particular customer's needs.
One of the tremendous benefits of switching to natural gas is that it is a cleaner energy source than other fuel oils burned for either industrial or vehicular use.
According to the organization CNG Now!, natural gas vehicles improve air quality through dramatic reductions in emissions such as:
Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20% to 30%
Reducing carbon monoxide (CO) emissions up to 75%
Reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by approximately 50%
Reducing up to 95% of particulate matter (PM) emissions
Reducing volatile organic compound (VOCs) emissions by 55%
Because CNG is lighter than air, it is inherently safer to transport and to have on-site than oil, propane, or LNG and therefore popular with first responders. They like the fact that, even if there were an accidental release, it would dissipate above them and not burn them or require remediation of the surrounding soil or water ways.
That said, CNG is a volatile fuel source. NG Advantage has a Safety Officer that trains the staff at each customer plant. He also trains first responders and city and town officials in the properties of CNG and in how to handle NG Advantage’s equipment.
Additionally, NG Advantage’s proprietary SCADA system is the best in the industry. It produces real-time and historical data that can be seen on a smart phone or tablet by the powerhouse maintenance team or management at any time.
Both a real-time data stream and video for every site are monitored automatically by NG Advantage’s proprietary software systems and by NG Advantage’s 24x7 Operations Team to ensure uninterrupted supply, timely delivery, and safety. Local first responders are also given a software tool that gives them access on their smart phones to the cameras in case of emergency.