What is CNG?
CNG stands for ‘Compressed Natural Gas’ and is mainly composed of methane. The natural gas is condensed to just 1% of its usual volume by passing it through a compressor. It remains in the form of a gas and is stored under high pressure in gas cylinders.
Natural gas can also be chilled and compressed further to improve fuel density and storage. This is known as High Density Compressed Natural Gas or HDCNG. Using HDCNG as a fuel means vehicles can drive longer distance and need to refuel less often.
What is CNG used for?
CNG is used for remote power generation and to fuel vehicles that operate off public roads, such as forklifts.
What are the benefits of using CNG?
Because it’s compressed, CNG is easy to transport over long distances to remote locations.
It’s also cheaper than diesel and less polluting.
Depending on the engine, those running on CNG produce between 8 – 25% less Green House Gas Emissions than those fuelled by unleaded petrol or diesel.
Australia also has an abundant supply of natural gas, estimated to be the equal to 184 years of supply.
Increasing the use of natural gas domestically, as an alternative to imported oil, will help improve Australia’s fuel security.
Forklifts that run on CNG can be refuelled on site, without having to swap heavy cylinders.
Using CNG as a fuel for forklifts also helps meet Workplace Health & Safety standards when working in enclosed areas such as warehouses, due to low vehicle emissions.