“There is an urgent need to stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, dramatically reduce wasted energy, and significantly shift our power supplies from oil, coal, and natural gas to wind, solar, geothermal, and other renewable energy sources,” said Bill McKibben, an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming.
Natural gas is the purest fossil fuel found on earth and it is completely colorless and odorless in its natural state. It consists of four carbon atoms and one carbon atom. Natural gas has been produced organically for millions of years by the decomposition of plant and animal matter buried in layers of sedimentary rock. Once formed, gases tend to migrate through pore spaces, fissures, and fissures in sediments and rocks. From the early 19th century to the 20th century, natural gas was used primarily for lighting buildings and roads.
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Here are five modern uses of natural gas.
To generate electricity:
The most common use of natural gas is to generate electricity. Natural gas is the source of more than 25% of the country’s electricity. According to the Energy Information Administration, by 2035, 46% of the new production capacity added to the grid will come from natural gas.
For heat generation:
The heat generated by natural gas is warmer than the heat generated by an electric pump. More than half of American homes use natural gas to provide heat, hot water, and fuel for cooking. More and more companies are using natural gas for space heating because it is cheaper than electric heating.
For the Process of Cogeneration and Trigeneration:
The technological process of combined heat and power generation, or simply combined heat and power generation, allows both electricity and heat to be used at the same time. Combined heat and power are a combination of electricity, heat, and cold. Both of these processes can help to increase energy efficiency by 80%.
For fuel production:
Natural gas has been used to generate power for vehicles for many years. There are currently more than 10 million gas-fired vehicles and the number is expected to increase due to the popularity of natural gas which is used to fuel buses and trucks. Natural gas used in transportation reduces harmful emissions into the air, which reduces smog.
Steel and paper production uses natural gas to produce process steam for industrial applications. Natural gas is also used for petrochemicals found in plastics, fertilizers, synthetic fibers, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.