This article was written and provided by TN Clean Fuels member, ROUSH CleanTech.
As the number of propane trucks and buses increases, a “new” yet similar fuel that reaches near-zero-emissions is coming into play — renewable propane. While propane has been utilized for transportation around the world for over 100 years there is growing interest in renewable propane due to its near-zero emissions levels, reduced greenhouse gases, and ability to help meet the growing demand for cleaner products.
Conventional and renewable propane both reduce emissions, cut costs and provide fleets with the same vehicle performance and reliability. And, simply put, the chemical structure and physical properties of the two types are the same — they just come from different sources.
To fuel with renewable propane, propane vehicles don’t need to be retrofit, as they can be used as a “drop-in” replacement fuel because it’s chemically nearly identical to conventional propane. Since it’s produced from raw and renewable materials, renewable propane, also known as bio-propane has an even lower carbon intensity than conventional propane and is far cleaner than other energy sources. At the point of combustion, renewable propane is carbon neutral.
And, the supply is coming. According to the Propane Education & Research Council, U.S. fuel processors are making renewable propane today, and the push for cleaner liquid fuels will lead to a sharp increase in renewable propane production. Propane supply, in general, is abundant, in fact, we produce around 30 billion gallons of propane each year and we only have demand for about one-third of that.
As new technologies and new fuels reach the market, renewable propane adds to our nation’s energy portfolio and further solidifies propane as an important energy source.
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