Rinnai, the hot water system manufacturer, report 81% carbon emission savings with BioLPG.
Huge potential carbon savings for homeowners
Some interesting news from Rinni regarding the use of biofuels, they discovered that off-grid sites that utilise BioLPG as the primary fuel source, they can attain a potential savings of 81% on carbon emissions. This can be a great initiative towards net-zero 2050 target.
BioLPG (also known as renewable propane or Biopropane) is propane generated from the waste materials of plants and vegetables. It is the absolute solution for carbon footprint reduction.
The production of BioLPG varies according to the feedstock and methods. At present, the most suitable way to make BioLPG is the renewable or HVO biodiesel production method. The biofuel made from it is considered more environment-friendly and sustainable than other conventional biofuels. In addition to that, it produces a by-product of bioLPG.
During the process of refining, various waste 'off gases' are generated. With this off-gas stream, a tonne of biodiesel can produce 50 kg of bioLPG.It is then purified to make it equivalent to traditional propane.
LPG boilers over oil
According to the Rinnai report, the off-grid building envelopes can profit from high-efficiency LPG-fired water heaters. It further collates the carbon footprint from an energy transition view. As per the transition, one can get carbon savings by choosing LPG instead of conventional oil heating systems. The LPG can then be updated to BioLPG.
Rinnai director Chris Goggin stated that the entire report was utilised to support the widespread decarbonisation in an off-grid setting. He said that it also demonstrates the potency of widespread decarbonisation while rendering solutions that are economically and technically suitable for customers.
He also confirmed that the incumbent water heating technology can be utilised even when BioLPG substitution is accessible. It will then lead to the use of the present fuel infrastructure and heating technology for the capital and operational savings of the customers.
Goggin said that more study is obligatory for the initiation of the capital expenditure and operational expenditure impact, once the BioLPG fired appliances get compared to other technologies and energy choices.
We've covered alternatives to natural gas for home heating on the blog before, including experiments in hydrogen boilers. It's incredibly encouraging to see new ideas coming onto the market for gas and heating engineers.