choosing natural gas makes sense by po2378


									choosing natural gas makes sense
natural gas is . . .

a colourless and odourless gas
in its pure form (although an
odour is added for detection
and identification purposes).
                                     natural gas makes sense                                                       natural gas makes sense for the environment
Lighter than air and non-toxic,
natural gas is a combustible
                                     Natural gas has revolutionised the energy industry, playing an increasingly   Our need for energy combined with heightened awareness of environmental
fossil fuel that produces energy
                                     important role in our world today. In Ireland, natural gas accounts for       responsibilities has undoubtedly elevated the significance of natural gas in
when burned.
                                     almost a quarter of primary energy demand; fuelling power plants,             our lives.
The energy created by natural        businesses and homes efficiently, cleanly and reliably.
                                                                                                                   Natural gas is the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel available and requires
gas can be used in a many ways,
                                     Natural gas is the fuel of choice for over 600,000 businesses and homes       minimum processing before use. Comprising of more than 95% pure methane,
such as heating, drying, chilling,
                                     throughout the country. It is currently available in over 140 population      natural gas emits significantly less carbon dioxide than other fuels: up to 30%
catering, air conditioning and
                                     centres across 18 counties.                                                   less than oil and 50% less than coal for the same energy input. Natural gas also
power generation.
                                                                                                                   produces negligible levels of nitric oxide and sulphur oxide compared to oil
                                     Demand for natural gas has experienced phenomenal growth in recent
                                                                                                                   or coal.
                                     years, with the number of natural gas users growing by almost 300,000
                                     over the past ten years.                                                      Today, customers expect businesses to operate in an environmentally responsible
                                                                                                                   and proactive way. One effective way a business can reduce its carbon footprint
                                     More and more people are recognising the benefits of natural gas, in
                                                                                                                   is by switching to natural gas or by converting more of their existing load to
                                     business, at home and, of course, for the environment.
                                                                                                                   natural gas and away from other fossil fuels.
                                     Natural gas makes sense.
                                                                                                                   Natural gas in many instances can complement renewable fuels such as solar and
                                                                                                                   wind energy. A number of organisations use a combination of natural gas with
                                                                                                                   renewable fuels to meet their energy needs.

                                                                                                                   There is no doubt that natural gas, as the cleanest fossil fuel, can make a
                                                                                                                   significant contribution in reducing carbon footprints. It is a clean efficient
                                                                                                                   bridge to a sustainable future for all of us.
natural gas makes good business sense                                                                                                                                                      natural gas applications

Natural gas has a proven track record in energy delivery   n The variety of high efficiency condensing and                 n With natural gas there is a constant supply of energy,        Natural gas has a wide variety of applications for
to Irish businesses. Whether you manage a high powered        modulating natural gas boilers and direct fired                 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is no need for        commercial and industrial customers.
industrial plant or run your own small business, natural      appliances available provide almost 90% usable                  storage facilities and there is no need to order or
gas makes good business sense for you.                        energy.                                                         arrange delivery of your fuel.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Industrial Process and Production
                                                           n On-site natural gas monitoring allows industrial and          n Irish natural gas is sourced at internationally competitive
                                                              commercial users to monitor and maintain energy                 wholesale prices. These sources of wholesale gas,            Specialist industrial processes and manufacturing
n Natural gas has a fully developed versatile suite of
                                                              saving initiatives. This allows businesses greater control      including Irish sources, will continue to grow providing     companies use natural gas as their primary fuel for a
complementing technology solutions to meet industrial
                                                              over the management of energy costs and                         security and choice to suppliers of gas in Ireland.          number of precision applications such as electricity
and commercial requirements, such as:
                                                              conservation of energy use.                                     Based on these markets, larger users can negotiate           generation, glass and medical instrument manufacture,
   n   Industrial Processes and Production                                                                                    price agreements with natural gas suppliers to suit their    surface drying processes and sterilisation.
                                                           n Natural gas is a clean fuel and produces low levels
                                                                                                                              individual budgeting needs. For smaller users tariffs
   n   Steam, Hot Water and Space Heating                     of residue thereby increasing plant and equipment                                                                            The controllability of the natural gas flame, the extremely
                                                                                                                              tend to be fixed for periods of twelve months,
   n   Combined Heat and Power (CHP)                          durability and lowering maintenance costs.                                                                                   low nitric oxide and sulphur oxide by-products of the
                                                                                                                              which delivers price stability and aids budgeting
                                                                                                                                                                                           combustion process and security of energy supply are
   n   Heating, Chilling and Cooling                       n Natural gas provides full instant heat when turned on            for consumers.
                                                                                                                                                                                           important factors in choosing natural gas as the fuel for
                                                              and stops instantly when turned off, with no warming
   n   Catering and Cooking                                                                                                n Natural gas remains competitively priced when                 industrial process and production.
                                                              up or cooling down periods required. Natural gas
   n   Decorative Fires and Lighting.                                                                                         compared to other fuels like oil, electricity, LPG and
                                                              appliances can also be instantly controlled by simple or
                                                                                                                              biomass. The cost effectiveness of natural gas is even
                                                              elaborate programmers.
                                                                                                                              more apparent when you consider the high efficiency
                                                                                                                              of gas appliances combined with relatively low
                                                                                                                              installation and maintenance costs.
natural gas applications

Steam, Hot Water and Space Heating

Steam                                                       Hot Water                                                      Space Heating

Large quantities of steam can be generated through a        For commercial customers, hot water is most commonly           Natural gas is highly flexible in meeting the space            Gas fired radiant heaters have particularly useful
range of natural gas powered steam boilers that meet        used for cleaning, whether it is for the cleaning of on-site   heating requirements of any business customer including        applications within large open spaces like factories,
the requirements of industrial, pharmaceutical, medical,    facilities, process equipment or used to supply changing       offices, surgeries, nursing homes, hotels, hospitals           maintenance and servicing workshops, warehouses and
food and drinks producers. Sterilisers and autoclaves       room showers or laundries. The range of natural gas hot        and restaurants.                                               assembly halls, as well as the outdoor areas of restaurants,
steam requirements can also be met where there is a peak    water heaters available are particularly suited to heating                                                                    pubs and clubs where direct heat is required for a
                                                                                                                           Central heating boilers are available in a wide range of
demand over a relatively short period. High operating       large quantities of hot water that can be stored centrally                                                                    specific area.
                                                                                                                           sizes and heat outputs and can provide both the required
efficiency natural gas steam boilers are available with     or local to use. Additionally, there are gas-powered water
                                                                                                                           hot water and space heating through radiators or               Warm air heaters are available in multiple formats such as
typical 90% net Calorific Value (CV), with the option of    heaters, which have high recovery rates and can reduce
                                                                                                                           underfloor. A number of small boilers in series can be an      freestanding, wall or ceiling mounted, all of which have
dual fuel backup capability.                                the need for large storage of hot water on site. Natural
                                                                                                                           ideal configuration providing substantial space heating,       different heat output ranges. They are most commonly
                                                            gas direct fired instantaneous water heaters are ideal for
Dry cleaning and steam pressing of clothes are common                                                                      controlled and ready on demand, while also providing           employed to provide warm air curtains above shop doors,
                                                            local small quantities of hot water: they can heat several
applications for natural gas produced steam. A range of                                                                    back-up if a single boiler requires maintenance. The most      loading bays, warehouses and in large sports arenas.
                                                            litres of water per minute.
equipment exists to meet the needs of industrial, high-                                                                    energy efficient boilers are condensing and modulating
street and hotel dry cleaners.                                                                                             types with interlinked weather compensation.

Natural gas tumble-drying is another laundry application,                                                                  Convector heaters are compact, convenient and ideal
which is significantly more economical than electricity                                                                    for spaces requiring intermittent heating. Common
to use.                                                                                                                    applications include retail outlets, offices, assembly halls
                                                                                                                           and churches. These are local heaters which combust
                                                                                                                           natural gas, releasing heat into the desired area and
                                                                                                                           releasing products of combustion to the outside air.
natural gas applications

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)                                                                                                                                                                 Catering and Cooking

With Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology, natural           of applications. CHP can provide considerable annual fuel     Gas Heat Pumps providing heating, air conditioning             Natural gas is the fuel of choice for professional caterers:
gas is used to provide both heat and electrical power for a      bill savings, as well as reductions in CO emissions, where
                                                                                                                               or cooling/chilling have low running costs and high            its flexibility and instant response making it ideal for
site. The CHP unit burns gas to power a generator which          grid electricity is displaced with on-site generation by      efficiencies which lead to substantial savings over the life   cooking. There is a range of gas cooking appliances
in turn creates electricity. This electricity is then fed into   natural gas.                                                  of the system.                                                 available to meet the needs of a small restaurant as well
the main fuse board for the site, reducing the electricity                                                                                                                                    as large hotel kitchens or fast food outlets. The natural
demand from the national grid.                                                                                                                                                                gas appliances available include convection ovens, deep
                                                                                                                               Absorption Chilling                                            fat fryers, grills and griddles, combination ovens, hobs,
The heat from gas combustion is also used to heat water          Heating, Chilling and Cooling
                                                                                                                                                                                              bain-maries, conveyor boilers and fryers etc. Gas heated
in a similar way to a normal heating system. The CHP                                                                           Absorption Chillers gain their primary energy directly from
                                                                 Gas Heat Pump - Cooling or Heating of                                                                                        dishwashing machines are also available for cleaning of
process therefore results in very high efficiencies and can                                                                    consuming natural gas or indirectly from excess heat from
                                                                 Spaces                                                                                                                       cutlery, glassware and crockery
reduce the overall fuel cost for the property. An added                                                                        a CHP unit. Gas-powered absorption chillers have a very
advantage is that as the site is generating part or all of its   Heat pumps extract heat from natural sources such as          low level of noise and vibration. The majority of units
power, if there is a failure on the electricity grid, power      air, soil or water source and assist in delivering the heat   are available as chillers/heaters which provide cooling
                                                                                                                                                                                              Decorative Gas Fires and Lighting
will still be available to maintain essential operations.        to a property. The heat pump can also work in reverse,        and heating operations from the one unit. This dual
Larger CHP users can sell excess electricity back to their       taking heat from a building and expelling it into the air,    functionality ensures efficient and economic operation.        Decorative gas fires and lighting enhance any large
electricity supplier and so reduce their electricity bills       soil or water source. Heat pumps are considered to be         Common applications include food stores and data               space and can certainly add to the ambience of hotel
even further.                                                    a renewable source of energy as they utilise, in part,        centres where the contents need to be kept at a                lobbies or office reception areas. They form a great
                                                                 renewable natural resources to provide a constant low         cool temperature.                                              addition to any modern environment and can be
Suitable applications for CHP are customer installations
                                                                 level of heating and/or cooling.                                                                                             manufactured to meet specific requirements. Decorative
that have near constant electricity and heating demand,
                                                                                                                                                                                              fires are becoming more efficient, and many are capable
such as hospitals, leisure centres, hotels, nursing homes,       Gas and/or electricity is required to boost the heating
                                                                                                                                                                                              of being operated remotely.
crèches and certain industrial and commercial sites. As          and cooling capabilities of the renewable energy source
technology advances, it is now possible for smaller CHP          through a heat exchanger, as well as to pump and
units to become a more viable option for a greater range         compress the heat-transfer fluid in the circuit.
natural gas makes sense for you

How to connect your Building or Development to Natural Gas                                                                    customer technical support and advice

1.   Call Bord Gáis Networks on 1850 200 694 and we             7.   To get a meter installed and an actual supply of gas,    Bord Gáis Networks provides excellent technical support     This manual provides invaluable information and clearly

     will verify natural gas availability in your area or the        you must sign up with a natural gas supplier who         and advice to prospective business users and the            outlines the technical requirements for connecting to

     possibility of a connection to the natural gas network.         will make arrangements with Bord Gáis Networks for       construction industry in relation to installing and using   natural gas. If you would like to request a copy of the

                                                                     the installation work.                                   natural gas and also connecting to the gas network. Bord    latest manual, which contains up-to-date technical
2.   A Bord Gáis Networks representative will then                                                                            Gáis Networks has published a comprehensive Technical       advice and recent case studies, or if you wish to talk to a
     contact you to discuss your requirements and provide            A list of natural gas suppliers operating in the Irish   Manual and CD for business users, developers, architects,   Technical Advisor, please call 1850 427 737.
     advice on what information you will need to provide.            market will be attached to your receipt letter or        and engineers.
                                                                     may be obtained from 1850 200 694
3.   Submit this information, including any required
     plans, to Bord Gáis Networks (               8.   Your Mechanical Contractor must issue you with a
                                                                     conformance certificate confirming that your
4.   Bord Gáis Networks will develop a pipeline networks
                                                                     installation is completed and tested to the Irish Gas
     design for your development and a quotation will be
     issued to you along with connection terms and
     conditions. For larger developments, there may be a        9.   Bord Gáis Networks will collect the certificate from
     pre-payable charge for this work, which will be                 site and fit the required Meter(s).
     set against chargable costs if the connection to the
                                                                10. Please note that only when steps 7 and 8 have
     natural gas network goes ahead.
                                                                     been completed correctly will the required
5.   If you wish to go ahead with the natural gas                    meter be fitted on the agreed date.
     connection(s), the quoted fee must be paid and a
                                                                11. Bord Gáis Networks recommends that you
     Connection Agreement signed prior to work
                                                                     should always use a Registered Gas Installer
                                                                     when installing, servicing or repairing
6.   Once payment is made, you will receive a receipt                natural gas appliances.
     with connection details and you will be contacted by
     Bord Gáis Networks local personnel to arrange dates
     for the natural gas connection(s).
Contact Information

      General Enquiries:
        1850 200 694

   Alternatively, for more specific
information on getting connected,
quotations or technical assistance,
          please contact:

         Mark Holohan
          Sales Manager
       Bord Gáis Networks
        Tel: 087 253 1894

          Barry Grouse
      Connections Engineer
       Bord Gáis Networks
        Tel: 087 913 5335


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         1850 427 737

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