Learn About Compressed Natural Gas CNG Fuel
Compressed Natural Gas CNG fuel is an oderless, tasteless gas that is naturally created by the decomposition of organic matter over time. The major component of Compressed Natural Gas CNG fuel is methane, one of the cleanest burning fuels known to man. What makes CNG Fuel clean? It’s chemical formula tells the story – CH4 – which means that it only contains one carbon atom along with four hydrogen atoms. With only one carbon atom, CNG fuel’s ‘carbon footprint’ is dramatically lower than gasoline (C8H18 + 25 O2) with 8 carbon atoms, or diesel (C12H23), with a minimum of 12 carbon atoms. But that’s not the entire story. When CNG fuel combusts, it’s byproduct is CO2 and H20 – or carbon dioxide and water. That is far from the case with gasoline or diesel. It is this fact alone that requires gasoline and diesel engines to require exhaust after treatment – which is needed to remove the toxic chemicals that result from diesel / gasoline combustion. In fact, diesel requires the addition of urea to ensure that exhaust emissions out of a diesel truck’s exhaust stack are compliant with Federal Clean Air requirements.
Compressed Natural Gas CNG fuel is found naturally in the ground and is routinely captured and pumped through our nation’s natural gas pipeline – but is also captured at many of our land fills through the natural decomposition of trash we throw away every day. It’s also the same gas that heats our homes and cooks our food. It’s clean, safe, and sustainable.