Thank you for stopping by Natural Gas Media. My name is Kirk, and I’m a student at Arizona State University. I’m studying Economics, and one of the assignments I have is to write a blog about a topic of interest. In my case, it’s energy. With so much debate going on about “green” energy sources, I thought I would dig into some research about the most abundant fuel source that the US has – natural gas.
So while this technically a college assignment, I found this domain and got to thinking that perhaps it can grow into a online magazine, or investment portal. Lots of options, but let’s start at the basics and fulfill the assignment, shall we?
What’s Natural Gas all about?
Natural gas is best known as a gas that exists very deep within the surface of the earth. It consists mainly of methane, which is a gaseous compound comprised of four hydrogen atoms and one carbon atom. It is an odorless and colorless mixture, a characteristic very common among hydrocarbons. It is one of the safest, cleanest and most useful forms of energy in our lives today.
This gas may be found by itself or in association to oil. While it is mainly comprised of methane, it may also include other hydrocarbons such as propane, ethane and butane. When it is mined from the ground, it is usually mixed with a number of impurities such as water, sulphur, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and oil. All of these impurities are removed before delivering it to industries and residential areas.
Natural gas is a fossil fuel. This means that it is derived from the remnants of animals and plant that lived eons ago. These remains of living organisms were buried and exposed lots of heat and pressure from thousands of meters worth of rock and soil. These forces converted the organic material into the natural gas.
Natural gas has lots of uses, making it a very important fuel in today’s economy. It may be used residentially as a source of heat. We require energy on a constant basis if we are to survive. It is used for heating water, cooking food, generating electricity and warming our homes. Natural gas is one of the cheapest and most efficient forms of energy around the home.
It may also be used for commercial purposes. Office buildings, hospitals, schools buildings and restaurants all require energy for their day to day running. With natural gas comes a cheap and efficient source of energy. Some large enterprises may even use natural gas as a form of electricity production on site.