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LPG as a solution for smog

30.11.2018
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Dramatically deteriorating air quality in Polish cities is a clear signal for immediate reaction. It is worth noting, however, that not only industrial plants, but also largely city residents are responsible for this condition. What can we do not to make the synonym of Queen Smog stick to Poland permanently?

Research carried out by the Supreme Audit Office shows that individual heating of buildings is the main cause of air pollution. However, cars, especially those with diesel engines, are not without significance. Hence, the authorities of some cities try to act on ad hoc basis during periods of smog alarms, e.g. by announcing free public transport and thus encouraging people to leave their cars in the garage. Many people do not want to get out of a comfortable car with heating and an installation filtering air pollution in favour of public transport and inhaling smog at bus stops. However, such smog alerts do not apply to owners of gas-powered vehicles, both LPG and CNG. These are ecological fuels that do not emit particulates - the main component of smog, and they emit other toxic pollutants to a much lesser extent, such as CO, NOx - says Katarzyna Rutkowska, President of AC S.A., a manufacturer of LPG installations by STAG.

It is worth noting that in many capitals in Europe and other major cities, among others, in Germany, Italy, Spain or France, the authorities are introducing a ban on entering the city centres to the most polluting vehicles, including those powered by diesel.- This does not apply to ecological gas-powered cars, e.g. in Paris, LPG cars can be driven in all city zones and all days, even after the announcement of “smog alarms”, i.e. an increased level of air pollution - adds Katarzyna Rutkowska.

Electric cars are not a solution

“Ecological” electric cars are expensive and not very comfortable to use due to the relatively small range with no infrastructure for refuelling. What's more, they burn energy “non-ecologically” produced from coal, and the disposal of their batteries is a significant burden for the environment. Their dissemination is very far in the future, and we can have an eco-friendly LPG car quickly - conversion to LPG lasts several hours and such gas installation can be mounted in almost any type of car, including those most polluting the environment, i.e. powered by diesel.- LPG installation for diesel is a relatively new solution, present on the market for a few years. It is well known that diesel is not completely burned (about 75% -85%) and emits a lot of pollutants, including particulates. This phenomenon is supposed to be prevented by particulate filters, which are the bane of drivers with diesel engines, because they cause many problems, especially in the urban cycle. Such filters are often disassembled, which unfortunately has a negative effect on our health, because particulates are nothing but smog. Gas injection to diesel engines reduces them almost completely, thus protecting us against lung cancer and other respiratory and circulatory diseases - says Katarzyna Rutkowska, President of AC S.A.

Autogas - the only fuel meeting pollution standards

The ecology of gas supply means less air pollution, because the mixture of propane and butane burns more efficiently than petrol, and its residue gets into engine oil to a lesser extent.- The eco-friendly dimensions of LPG fuel can easily be checked with the help of a workshop exhaust gas analyser, measuring toxic compounds contained in it - e.g. CO, HC and NOx contents in exhaust gases with properly installed, configured and adjusted LPG installation are much lower - says Tomasz Cybulko - director of the Research and Development Centre of AC S.A., a manufacturer of LPG installations by STAG. From the test conducted in the workshop, you can also find out that there are no sulphur and lead compounds in LPG at all.- This is due to the fact that gas fuels do not contain them, unlike petrol, where lead is added, among others, to increase the octane number - adds Tomasz Cybulko.

LPG and CNG fuel does not emit any particulates into the atmosphere and ensures several times lower emissions of pollutants compared to traditional fuels such as petrol and diesel. The significantly lower emission of harmful compounds into the atmosphere means that an LPG car can be treated as part of a long-term anti-smog policy.

In Poland, we currently have over 3 million conscious drivers, who have already converted their car into LPG, thanks to which they save money, travel ecologically and do not damage the environment while protecting their own health.

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