What is NgL104?
NgL104 (aka Agricyclene) is a mixture of highly refined natural gas liquid propellants and lubricants specifically designed for automotive use. It can be more generally described as an “Automotive purpose built standard LPG fuel” that was made for the US market. So what is LPG then? LPG is a slightly less refined product than NgL104 and contains many different chemicals and is a by-product of the refining process of natural gas. Commonly referred to as Natural Gas Liquids or the wet gases. Some of the main components of LPG is Butane, Propane, Isobutane and other Alkanes. Butane boils at 30 degrees Fahrenheit and Propane boils at -44 degrees Fahrenheit; when they are vaporized, they become a gas again. Because it vaporizes at such a low temperature, it mixes easily with air. Therefore, it doesn’t require a high temperature (over 400 degrees Fahrenheit for gasoline) for it to atomize. This improves cold starts, emissions, and drive-ability. LPG is a very stable fuel; it doesn’t go bad if you don’t use it!
Since NgL104 has such a low carbon content, motor oil never gets dirty which increases engine life. The oil does still need to be changed, though not as often. Spark plug life is dramatically extended. Also, you cannot “flood” an NgL104 engine. When a gasoline engine “floods,” raw fuel enters the cylinders, washing past the rings and into the oil, also wetting the plugs.
Since NgL104 is under pressure, there are no fuel pumps, no float bowl, or needle and seat. Another plus is the high octane rating of propane between 100 and 110. This means that if you are turbo charging or supercharging, it is the ideal fuel.
The NgL104 system is lightly pressurized and sealed to the elements so that even complete submersion will not allow water into the fuel system.
NgL104 and global LPG as an Alternative Fuel
Interest as an alternative transportation fuel stems mainly from its domestic availability, high-energy density, clean-burning qualities, and it’s relatively low cost. It is the world’s third most common engine fuel and is considered an alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
When sold around the world as vehicle fuel it can be a mixture of Butane and Propane with smaller amounts of other gases.
NgL104 is stored onboard a vehicle in a safety tank pressurized to about 150 pounds per square inch, about twice the pressure of an inflated truck tire. Under this pressure, NgL104 becomes a liquid with an energy density 270 times greater than the gaseous form. NgL104 has a higher octane rating than gasoline. NgL104’s clean burning characteristics allow the engine to have increased service life.
In fact NgL104 is so clean the majority of its chemical makeup is in the food we eat. It’s perhaps better known in the Eco community as the replacement of chlorofluorocarbons as the clean environmentally friendly propellants that were introduced in the last decade. Many foods you eat and or in cooking sprays probably contain our fuel as the main propellant mixed in the food. It is that clean. NgL104 and LPG are one of the few fuels that are burnt indoors for fork trucks, as an example, for the health and safety of warehouse employees.
NgL104 VS CNG
NgL104 is stored onboard a vehicle in a safety tank pressurized to about 150 pounds per square inch, about twice the pressure of an inflated truck tire. CNG or Compressed Natural Gas (aka Methane) is stored onboard a vehicle in a special tank pressurized to 3600 psi. CNG, when discharged into the environment is a greenhouse gas whereas NgL104 is not classified as such. NgL104 is not toxic or damaging and will not harm the environment if it is released into the atmosphere, which is why it is not labeled as a greenhouse gas. Therefore, while NgL104 will not contribute to pollution in its unused state if released, CNG will. NgL104 is a green fuel before combustion and remains environmentally friendly even after it is used, as described above.
The same size NgL104 22 gallon tank for CNG will only hold 5-7 Gallons or GGE’s (gasoline gallon equivalents)