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Exceptional Energy in Action

Emergency & Disaster Management

Natural disasters are a tragic reality, they strike frequently and often with very little warning causing disruption to power and energy networks. This can directly affect hundreds of thousands of people who are often forced to seek temporary accommodation and need  fuel for heating, lighting and cooking. 

These natual disasters can come as: 
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Hurricanes, Tornadoes
  • Floods
  • Landslides & Mudslides

but also as

  • Severe Thunderstorms/ Lightning
  • Winter Storms / Ice Storms
  • Large Scale Fires / Wild Fires

Power / energy supplies from centralized distribution networks are interrupted or lost, and natural gas networks get damaged. Power /energy at key emergency centers/facilities, hospitals etc. is lost and power/energy to activate recovery actions is not easily available. 

Basic cooking, hot water, heating needs become difficult to satisfy (assembly/evacuation centers need energy to prepare food, cleaning and for heating). Emergency transport activities / logistics including taxis and private cars to  transport people and deliver relief materials are compromised.

LPG is a decentralized, off grid energy source - centralized energy distribution networks are more prone to failure during natural disasters. It can be moved easily to the locations where needed. It supports easily first or basic needs of the affected population and is well suited to emergency or recovery backup activities and systems.

Cooking appliances, facilities, with cylinders of bulk can be run again at a very short time. Emergency lights can run on LPG. Small field LPG cookers are suitable for all forms of emergency due to its portability and convenience. Mobile LPG-Air systems can replace damaged natural gas networks or sources in vital buildings/uses (hospitals, top priority facilities, also industry). Mobile heating and power systems (combined heat/power systems mCHP) can be employed and mobile power electric generators can provide emergency power.

As automotive fuel on autogas vehicles or dual fuelled autogas vehicles, it allows to keep these vehicles running when other vehicles stop.

To download a WLPGA case study on the role of LPG in natural disasters and how some companies are preparing in advance, click here

 

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