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
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
produces negligible levels of nitric oxide and sulphur oxide compared to oil
Demand for natural gas has experienced phenomenal growth in recent
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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).
1850 200 694
Alternatively, for more specific
information on getting connected,
quotations or technical assistance,
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