The Benefits and Challenges of Clean Energy Fuels

by OPW | Jan 22, 2014

The use of traditional versus clean energy fuels – including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) – has become a hot-button topic in recent years all across North America. However, comparing the benefits and drawbacks of one type of fuel over another is a complicated process and involves many factors, including understanding the environmental effects of a particular fuel, considering the consumption habits of the end-user and whether or not there are reliable methods to deliver the fuel. 

ce-productsWhen it comes to the benefits of clean energy fuels, many people support their use because they are considerably better for the environment when compared to traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel. CNG and LNG are two of the cleanest burning fuels available and emit up to 30% less greenhouse gas than gasoline or diesel. Another benefit of clean energy fuels is that they can help reduce fuel costs for vehicle and fleet owners, averaging up to $1.50 or less per gallon than traditional fuels. Also, unlike diesel and gasoline, which are heavily dependent upon imported oil, roughly 98% of natural gas consumed in North America is domestically produced. Additionally, clean energy fuels are becoming increasingly available, are safer to use than traditional fuels and can help reduce engine noise.

While there are many benefits to utilizing clean energy fuels and they have experienced dynamic growth in recent years, this growth is not without its challenges. One challenge to bringing clean energy fuels to the market includes the availability of reliable and safe components used for clean energy fueling applications. Fortunately for those involved, many fueling equipment manufacturers, like OPW, have made a commitment to continuous innovation in the design, engineering and manufacture of high-quality clean energy fueling systems. These products include nozzles, breakaways and receptacles all specifically designed for clean energy fueling applications.

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