Is propane still a relevant fuel source in commercial HVAC? What applications best fit the benefits of propane? Will electrification strangle a gas-powered future? Bryan Cordill, director of residential and commercial business development at the Propane Education & Research Council, joined the Percussive Maintenance podcast at Engineered Systems to discuss these timely topics for HVACR professionals.
Propane is still relevant “and becoming even more so as commercial growth is exceeding the natural gas industry’s ability to reach or expand to meet the demand of new locations,” Cordill told podcast host Herb Woerpel, editor in chief of Engineered Systems. “Not only do we do everything that natural gas does in a building, but we also provide services to locations typically thought of as challenging because they were not serviced by traditional utilities.”
In the podcast, Cordill discusses building applications such as water heating, space heating, and backup power, where propane provides a cleaner, more efficient energy source than electric counterparts, especially when measured by source-to-site efficiency. He also discusses the industry trend toward electrification of everything — the push by state and local agencies to outlaw the use of gas in favor of electricity — noting that electrification does not equal decarbonization, since a lot of electricity is produced by carbon-intensive fuel sources.