Propane engine fuel technology on display at green industry show

October 27, 2011 By    

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will demonstrate the ease of refueling, sustainability and high performance of propane-fueled equipment through an in-booth presentation series at the 2011 Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO), taking place through Oct. 29 in Louisville, Ky.

Lawn and landscape industry professionals also will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the latest propane-fueled technology in the Outdoor Pavilion.

Many lawn and landscape contractors across the country have already implemented a proven refueling model, allowing for regularly scheduled fuel delivery through a cylinder exchange program or on-site dispensing, which includes the installation of a large tank and a no-spill dispenser. Fueling with propane can save landscape professionals time and money by eliminating or reducing the spills, leaks and theft that plague other fuels, PERC says.

Propane providers will be in the PERC Propane Pavilion (booth No. 11198) to answer questions about propane refueling. An on-site refueling dispenser and propane cylinder cage will be on display in the Propane Pavilion, along with a Roush CleanTech propane-autogas-fueled Ford E-450 van.

Representatives from Blue Star Gas, Briggs & Stratton, CleanFuel USA, Exmark, Ferrellgas, Husqvarna, Metro Lawn, Onyx Environmental Solutions, and Roush CleanTech will be in the PERC booth to present the newest innovations in propane technology, the ease of refueling, and the advantages of this sustainable, domestically produced alternative fuel. Representatives from the University of Louisville, Common Grounds Inc. and Phoenix Landscaping will discuss their experience as customers of propane-fueled products.

Susan Roush-McClenaghan, National Mustang Racing Association series driver, daughter of motorsports legend Jack Roush and a presenter during the PERC in-booth workshops, will be in the MetroLawn booth (No. 11190) displaying a 2011 Roush Stage 3 Mustang fueled by propane autogas.

More than 30 models of propane-fueled commercial lawn mowers are available today from a dozen manufacturers, and the 19-acre Outdoor Pavilion will provide the opportunity to test drive clean-burning mowers provided by Exmark, Husqvarna and Scag Power Equipment, among others.

Commercial propane-fueled mowers, which reduce carbon monoxide emissions by more than 80 percent when compared with gasoline-fueled models, meet or exceed all current emissions requirements established by the Environmental Protection Agency, PERC says. They are safer to use during pollution advisory periods than gasoline-fueled mowers because they emit significantly fewer ground-level ozone precursors and particulate matter, the pollutants considered most harmful to human health.

More than 18,000 participants are expected to explore the 500-plus exhibiting companies throughout 500,000 square feet at the Kentucky Exposition Center during the event.

About the Author:

Kevin Yanik was a senior editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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