This article is reproduced with permission from OwnerTeamConsultation (OTC).
For more information on OTC services please see www.ownerteamconsult.com
The article introduces natural gas as a cleaner fossil fuel, ideal for transitioning toward a hydrogen-based economy.
It discusses its use in internal combustion engines, particularly in vehicles, citing the growth in natural gas vehicles globally and its role in decarbonization efforts.
It explores compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), their energy densities, infrastructure, and applications in heavy transport and mining.
Additionally, it covers the technology of spark-ignition (SI) and compression-ignition (CI) engines, including their fuel types, operational cycles, and differences.
The piece examines natural gas as an alternative fuel for diesel and petrol engines, the conversion of diesel engines into dual-fuel systems, and the components and benefits of these conversions.
It delves into the scope, benefits, drawbacks, payback periods, and environmental implications of using dual-fuel engines, emphasizing the financial and environmental advantages. The article also underscores the importance of managing fugitive methane emissions in LNG use for transport to enhance its environmental benefits.
Lastly, it touches on the global adoption of natural gas-fueled vehicles and the anticipated growth, emphasizing the need for a case-by-case analysis of the total value chain for accurate assessments of feasibility.