hilo navegacion-->NO

Benefits for the industrial sector

Natural gas provides great advantages in industrial processes that require clean spaces, controlled processes and highly reliable and efficient fuels.

Ventajas del gas para el sector industrial

It is a continuously supplied energy, so there is no need for storage tanks, thus avoiding the risks of having to pay for the cost of fuel in advance. In addition, and precisely due to this characteristic, natural gas provides the reassurance of reliable energy that is always available, thus allowing you to better manage the production process.

No preparation is required prior to its use as is necessary for other fuels, such as oil or coal.

Natural gas burns cleaner, so natural gas equipment and burners are easier to clean, require less maintenance and remain in good condition for longer.

Natural gas combustion may be switched off instantly when the heat demand of the devices that use it ceases. This makes it very useful for adapting to the varying operational needs of the production process.

It can be regulated with high precision, keeping temperature constant.

Natural gas has more heating power than other fuels, so equipment performs better and with the right amount of fuel.

No preparation is required prior to its use as is necessary for other fuels, such as oil or coal. 

Usos del gas para el sector industrial

Natural gas is one of the best energy sources for industries that use furnaces or boilers in their production processes, such as:

Glass industry: Natural gas properties have enabled the creation of burners that allow optimal heat transmission in glass. Moreover, thanks to its properties, the glass comes out clean from the production process.

Ceramics industry: The use of natural gas in the ceramics industry enables cost savings and higher-quality products. This is due to the lower cost per kilowatt hour and the fact that using natural gas decreases the formation of stains and discolourations in items during firing and drying.

Cement industry: Natural gas furnaces require less maintenance and have longer working lives. In addition they are more efficient and contribute to reducing pollution, as the gases produced by burning it are non-polluting.

Textile industry: In the textile industry, the use of natural gas results in significant energy savings by allowing direct heating through convection instead of heating through intermediate fluids.

Food industry: Natural gas is used in cooking and drying processes. It also enables compliance with ISO quality requirements necessary for exporting certain products.

Metal casting: Natural gas is used in several processes related to heating metals, both in melting and in reheating and heat treatments. 

Uso del gas para la generación de electricidad

Use of gas for power generation

Natural gas is the most economical fuel for power generation and it is the fuel that produces the least environmental impact. Producing electricity with natural gas is possible through the use of turbines. There are several ways of producing electricity:

Combined cycle power plants

Combined cycle power plants

A natural gas Combined Cycle Power Plant is an electricity production plant that combines two processes or cycles to obtain maximum yield: the Brayton cycle, in which the combustion gases directly drive a gas turbine, and the Rankine cycle, in which the residual energy of the turbine exhaust gases is used to generate steam in a boiler, which drives a steam turbine. Both machines (gas and steam turbine) drive an alternator which converts mechanical energy into electricity.

The combination of these two processes allow this type of Power Plant to have much greater energy efficiency (of the order of 57%) than Conventional Thermal Power Stations (around 35%).



This technology is based on using the production centre itself, the heat inevitably produced in converting natural gas energy into electricity. Using this heat results in very high overall efficiency. In addition, by cogenerating electricity and heat in the user's facilities, it avoids most transmission losses.

This system is an efficient way of covering the energy needs of industrial facilities. 

Usos del gas en el transporte


Vehicle sector

Vehicular natural gas is an automotive petrol substitute for spark ignition internal combustion engines and partial diesel substitute in compression ignition engines.


According to 2010 data, worldwide there are more than 11.6 million natural gas vehicles in circulation and some 17,000 service stations. In Europe in particular, Italy is the pioneer and leader in this system. There are already 700,000 vehicles in circulation in Italy and 85,000 in Germany, while in Spain the number drops to 2,900.


In Spain, vehicular natural gas is mainly used for transportation fleets of private companies, city and intercity buses, taxis, cleaning and trash collection lorries, forklifts and to a small extent in private vehicles.

What are the advantages of natural gas as a vehicle fuel?


Natural gas is the energy that provides the most benefits as a transportation fuel: 

Environmental benefits

  • Natural gas is the alternative fuel that burns the cleanest.
  • Emissions from natural gas vehicles are much lower than those from vehicles that use petrol.
  • By unit of energy, natural gas contains less carbon than any other fossil fuel, and it therefore generates fewer carbon emissions per kilometre travelled by the vehicle.

Saving money

The use of natural gas as a fuel compared to conventional automotive diesel allows for cost savings starting at 25% and able to reach 40% depending on the type of vehicle and the charging station. Moreover, it burns cleaner, reducing maintenance needs.  

High level of safety

Vehicles that run on natural gas are safer than those that use traditional fuels, as vehicular natural gas dissipates in the atmosphere in the event of an accident. Petrol, on the other hand, remains on the ground, creating a fire hazard.