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Exploring the Difference between Diesel Fuel and Natural Gas for Generators

Posted Sun, July 5, 2015 by Ken Conway

Since the discovery of natural gas in the 19th century, people have been attempting to find unique ways to utilize this fuel source. When properly channeled, natural gas is a safe way to provide power to homes, businesses and other buildings across the world. Natural gas can also efficiently power portable energy creation systems, like generators, without risk. Despite the advantages of natural gas, you may find it beneficial to utilize diesel fuels instead. Diesel can complete the combustion process using a combination of steady high temperatures and intense pressures, not an open spark as required with gasoline. The steady burn rate of diesel fuel makes it a highly efficient option for worksite power generator systems.

Production

As a byproduct of the oil collection process, capturing and utilizing natural gas does not take anything extra from the environment. As the oil pumping equipment moves the underground rock formations, natural gas simply starts to rise to the surface where it is collected. Without the collection of natural gas, it would simply slip away into the atmosphere as oil field experts pull fossil fuels out of the Earth's crust.

Diesel fuel, on the other hand, comes from the processing plants that handle petroleum products. The petroleum goes through the distillation process at a high temperature to create the diesel fuel formula. The differences in the production process directly influence the cost of the fuel in its finished state.

Efficiency

The main difference between natural gas and diesel for generators is the given energy density rating. Diesel simply produces more energy with less fuel. Although natural gas generators burn through the fuel source faster than diesel, the emissions are much better for the environment.

Since diesel generators create more energy with each tank of fuel, you will likely spend less on power production when using the petroleum-based system. In the end, you will need to consider the needs of your company and worksite when deciding between generator fuel options.

Making the Choice

You can utilize diesel or natural gas generators at your worksite to constantly produce power at off the grid locations. The generator size and fuel option directly controls the amount of power it produces. You want to keep the production numbers in line with usage to avoid falling too far over or under the line. You can use multiple generators or just one, depending on your energy needs.  When choosing between natural gas and diesel fuel, consider your energy budget, environmental concerns and power needs to find the best option for your company.

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