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The Benefits of Propane Power
September 24, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
This is Chris Matt, Managing Editor of Print & E-Media, with Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today’s tip is the emergence of propane power in grounds equipment. Now more than ever, grounds managers in institutional and commercial facilities are switching from specifying gasoline engines on mowers and utility vehicles to engines powered by propane. Besides being easier on the environment and on an organization’s bottom line, propane is readily available, with an established distribution system and easy access. When used in commercial mowers, propane — also known as liquefied petroleum gas — can meet current and future emissions requirements established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board. Using propane can lead to as much as a 60 percent reduction in smog-forming emissions and an 80 percent reduction in toxic emissions, compared with diesel and gasoline fuel. In addition to cleaner emissions, propane offers the following advantages: • Propane does not deteriorate, so equipment operators do not need to drain the fuel tanks or add fuel stabilizer during equipment storage. • Propane does not leave significant carbon deposits that cause premature engine wear. • Propane is non-toxic and will not contaminate soil or water in the rare event of a leak. • Propane virtually eliminates fuel theft because it exists in a closed system.