Ethane Supplier to Springfield ILMO Products Company produces ethane (C2H6) in addition to numerous other industrial and specialty gases to customers in Springfield and the equipment required to use the gas and top of the line local support. Ethane is a flammable gas that is colorless and odorless. Generally speaking it's the second most abundant hydrocarbon, after methane, that exists in natural gas. Ethane has a higher heating value per unit volume than methane, but its utility as a methane alternative is limited as a result of its high vapor pressure, making it unsuitable for storage and transportation in the lower pressure cylinders you would typically find with “low pressure” (LP) gases like propane. In stripping plants, depending on ethane demand elsewhere, it is usually simply included in the methane produced for pipeline transmission. In this example, nitrogen is added to maintain the heating value per cubic foot at about 1000 BTU. However, in the larger petrochemical manufacturing markets, ethane may be separated from the natural gas stream and made available via a separate pipeline network as a feedstock for ethylene production. Because of the ease in converting ethane to ethylene, cylinder quantities of High Purity Ethane are made use of in many aspects polymer synthesis, especially to quantify reaction rates and yields, and relative activation energies and heats of reaction. Ethane is also [[applied as a specialty refrigerant, although its use is restricted to refineries and environments that can tolerate a flammable gas at medium-high pressure. If you'd like to know more about how ILMO Products Company can deliver ethane or other specialty gasses to your Springfield company, give us a call at (217) 245-2183.