One way or another, our world is growing more and more dependent on gas. In many ways, this is a good thing — as the market demand for gas increases by 2% each year, it will overtake the demand for coal by 2030. Yet many of us don’t understand how natural gas works, or why it’s become a part of our daily lives. Of course, natural gases alone aren’t the only types of gas that we tend to encounter today; specialty gases are also becoming increasingly common, and specifically calibration gases. Below, we’re going to look into our consumption of gas in this day and age, and what it might mean for the future.
How Important Is Natural Gas Today?
In the past, standard fossil fuels like coal and oil were the primary source of fuel for many Americans. This led to negative effects on the environment — and the reality that so many were dependent on a limited resource could not be escaped. Fortunately, natural gas is beginning to eclipse such fuels. Right now, about one-fourth of all energy consumed in the U.S. comes from natural gas, and up to 66.7 million homes in the U.S. are currently being powered by natural gas, plus a further 5.4 million businesses. A lot of people use natural gas without even knowing it, and the use of natural gas is not the only way in which the industry benefits our society. The natural gas industry also provides jobs for millions of Americans; specifically, it employs about 3 million people across the country. Of course, there are many other types of gas on the market today. Specialty gases like argon are often used by welders, while disposable calibration gases such as ammonia, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, and hydrogen sulfide are utilized by a variety of industries.
What Is Calibration Gas?
Calibration gas, sometimes called reference gas, is specifically used to help calibrate analytical instruments such as gas detectors. Obviously, in a world that is becoming increasingly dependent on gas, there is always the chance that the wrong “types” of gas will be present in the wrong place. Or, for that matter, that gas leaks will occur accidentally. Therefore, calibration gases serve an important purpose. A calibration gas must adhere to certain purity levels and international standards to be useful. This is because the standard of the calibration gas must be defined, which will make any deviation in gas levels easier to detect. Usually, this product is sourced from a specialized supplier of calibration gas and calibration gas accessories. It’s important for a calibration gas supplier to be meticulous — any off estimations can result in inaccurate readings.
What Are The Advantages Of Using Natural Gas?
People fear natural gas, at times. However, there are particular advantages to using natural gas that cannot be avoided or overlooked. Natural gas burns cleaner than standard fossil fuels, resulting in fewer air pollutants, and less of a negative environmental impact. It’s also usually easier to store than standard fossil fuels. It also can be much easier to source and much more plentiful than, for example, oil. This allows countries that use natural gas to be more independent. While providing new jobs, natural gases are also less expensive to source.
Natural gases are here to stay. They should be embraced, but also carefully measured and monitored. Fortunately, products like calibration gases make this possible, and allow us to use natural gases to their fullest extent. Only time will tell the extent to which natural gases will have a positive effect on our society.